We went to the library yesterday. While I was browsing on one side of the children’s library, Alex picked out a book from the other side and sat down to look at it. When I came back, she asked me to read it. “It’s called Froggy Plays T-Ball.”
“Oh,” I said. “Do you have this book at school?” (That’s usually what it is when she reads something we haven’t read to her.)
“Did someone in the library tell you what it’s called?”
“Then how did you know? Did you read it?”
She smiled a little and looked down. Nodded.
A while later, we were in the bathroom and she reported, “I think there’s hand sanitizer in here.”
“Really?” When she was finished, I came into the stall to check. She showed me a little protrusion on the wall that said “sanitary bags.” I read it to her. “It does look a lot like it says ‘sanitizer,’ doesn’t it.”
…So I guess that despite the fact that she still struggles to sound out simple CVC words, on some level she’s reading. Reading some things, anyhow. I don’t really get how she can be reading well enough to know that a book title starts with “Froggy” instead of “Frog,” and yet still have trouble with simple phonics exercises. Still, I remind myself: I don’t have to get it. If she’s found some kind of strange nonphonetic process for reading and it works for her, all I have to do is not get in the way.