Monday, October 12, 2009

and suddenly it all made sense

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The child in this photo has been practicing letter sounds and symbols at school for over 2 years.

He's blended, rhymed, segmented, traced, matched...

I spent the last year searching for new ways to keep him interested and excited about language.

{Sometimes I get fired-up about something - like reading, and I have to remind myself, "Follow the child, Anne, follow the child!"}

Believe me, I was following this child!
He would drop everything to play a language game!
He would invite
me to play language games!
{The kid loves to rhyme so much, he was named "The Rhyme-Master" at the end of the school year potluck.}

The pieces were all there, but they hadn't quite fit together yet...

Until today!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was like a word-building maniac!
{He told me he was going for the Guinness Book of World Records.}

The way he worked - with joy, pride, and purpose,
gave me goosebumps.

I just wanted to share this feeling, and to say,
{I'm sure you already know this!}
it is SO important to have patience with children...
you never know when or where they'll reveal their gifts!


  1. Oh wow!

    I have been following your blog for a few weeks now and I find it really beautiful and inspiring.

    What a rewarding job you have. I will remember to be patient with my daughter today.

    Thank you for this post.

  2. congrats!!! what a proud moment- thanks for sharing it with us! it gives me a little more motivation to keep working with my daughter!

  3. I use these too...I like Randall Klein!

  4. As always, thank you for sharing!
    I hope that it is alright to ask you about one of you previous posts -
    Hammering golf tees into clay activity - as Amber I also was wondering how you keep the clay moist enough or you need to change it regularly.

  5. I have a boy like that. I am praying for the moment he gets it. In the meantime, I'll keep following!

  6. I love those moments when everything clicks, we are so lucky to be part of them. Thanks for sharing

  7. By the way - I love that next to the dog he put god!!!

  8. Thanks for this post. I can't wait for when it clicks with my son, and I have to keep reminding myself in the meantime not to push him.


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