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Rainbow Words!

I know there is a big debate over phonics vs. sight words and I don’t really want to get into that but at Bug’s school they teach a combination of some sort that seems to be working! It’s so delightful to watch her figure things out. She’s sounding out words off signs as we drive down the street and I totally remember doing that myself at her age. It’s such an exciting time.

Anyway, she wanted to show you guys how she can read these days. It’s only a matter of time before she’s demanding her own vlog posts.


  • Patty

    This is precious! I remember how amazed I was watching my kids learn to read. I have a son with a learning disability who really struggled to learn to read. Before helping him with his challenges, I never new how many things have to come together correctly for a person to learn to read. It’s amazing that it happens the way it does. Your daughter is just adorable too. I really enjoy your blog!

  • Heather Kilpatrick

    You go Bug! Have fun with it!

    My son Ian is also learning to read now, and it’s amazing how much discovery goes on. He is bilingual, and is learning to read in Spanish using phonics and English with sight words. Whatever works, right!

  • Ninabi

    Bug is doing wonderfully well!

    I shared a love of books with my dad, who loved taking his kids to the library. He was born in 1930 and I was surprised when he told me he was not taught phonics, but a sight word method. He was a writer and I had assumed he would be pro-phonics, back-to-basics-like-my-generation-did-things.

    I taught first grade and we used phonics. Guess there are many ways of learning to read well so I’m cheering reading in little people no matter which way they are taught!

  • ioi

    Learning to read is such an exciting time – for both of you. PC is also doing a combination of sight/phonic when it comes to reading (not at school – they’re still going through the alphabet there). But at home, I set the timer for 10 minutes and he reads flash cards to me. The current record is 33 words. It’s fun to see if we can beat the record. :)

  • a chris

    She’s doing great! I like the idea of adding cards of a different colour when new words are added. I’m also impressed that Bug’s not embarrassed to work on a new skill in front of a camera. Not being afraid to fail a few times while working through a difficult exercise is the way to excel, but not everyone can get over that fear of being seen before perfection has been achieved (that was me).

  • liz

    What a fun time– the whole world of reading is opening up for her! Just a side thought…am sensitive to this because my son just got glasses. It might just be the angle but she appears to be holding them right up to her eyes. Has she been checked yet?? Kindergarten is common time to have an eye exam for the first time! So adorable and am a longtime fan. :)

  • TexasLea

    Go Bug Go! Time to get a library card if she doesn’t already have one. :)

    I can’t believe how grown up she is getting Brenda!

    We are at the fun point now where my little one likes to read ME a bedtime story instead of me reading to her. Melts my Mommy heart, but I am so proud of her!

  • BeachMama

    Love the vlog!!! Apple came over to watch and when I reminder her how we went to your beach, she said, “I already know that!” Great job on the words, she will be writing novels next.

  • Brandi

    Is it weird to be proud? Well, I am. She is doing a great job. I don’t have a little one, so I’m lovin’ it!

  • Jeanie

    She must be so proud of herself, conquering all those new words! She did well even on the green ones.

    What a precious girl you have there. You can tell her thanks for the video…I am on Day 5 of being sick and just going to put a video in my computer to watch with our three-year-old…so this video from Bug provided a nice reason to smile.