Around mid-December Emma decided she'd like to give reading a try. "I've lost two teeth, mama. I think it's my time." she said very matter-of-factly and then headed upstairs to get the first Dick and Jane book out of the basket in their room. She gathered us on the couch, opened the book and began to read as if she had been reading for much longer than just a moment. Ever since that day she has been practicing a little each day, asking for help from Grace, or David, or I (or any willing reader who happens to be around) should she need it.
Today she took this show on the road and was so very proud to show Miss Barbara how much her reading has improved since we saw her last (which was about the time that Emma first started to read). She only got stuck a couple of times, but other than that she read beautifully! Miss Barbara was super impressed, and even remarked to me how much her reading has improved in such a short amount of time.
We have always told the girls that when it is their time to do things (be it swimming or reading or riding a bike) that they would know it in their soul, and that when the time is right they would do it and do it well. This has always held true for our girls, and as a result they have always found much success in whatever the new skill is whose time has come to be learned. Push them before they are truly ready and there is nothing but struggle. Wait until the time is right and success comes with ease. xo