A couple of weeks ago we were going to go get milkshakes at sonic- Cherry chocolate is our favorite- and Gracie said from the back of the van, "Mom is Sonic spelled SNK? And I was so shocked I said, "Yes!" And she said, "Is food spelled FOD?" And again, I was floored.
Well today, thanks to my SIL Megan, I taught Gracie about when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. To my surprise, Gracie caught on. She was able to read all the word cards on our boggle game with just a few hints and helps for about 60 3-4 letter words. When she read the word pie, I said "Maybe we should make you a pie for learning to read." Then she read the word cake and she said, "I want a cake instead of a pie." So we made the cake and frosting on the back of theHershey's cocoa can that came highly recommended again by Megan, and I wrote a secrete message on top. As a final test, Gracie had to read it to cut the cake. We shared it and her success with our best neighbors and brushed teeth and got in bed. I am super excited for my 4 1/2 year old Gracie. She has worked hard with me and at her awesome preschool reading every nap time and night. She also loves doing and watching my private speech therapy. She would make a great speech pathologist if she can get her slightly lispy S figured out. She works hard at that too and is a great big sister to both little sisters. She and Katie like to play quietly in their room with barbies and Polly pockets in the morning if we are still sleeping. She wants to be a babysitter and a helper to clean up and get groceries when she grows up. She wants her own computer to work like us and be a speech therapy girl. She says really good prayers from the heart and has learned her lesson about not waking "anyone" up if they are sleeping, something that was really hard for a while. We love her and are super proud of her reading skills. Go Gracie!