Jude attended kindergarten where the school's core beliefs were to not push early reading. Instead, they recommended that parents limit screen time, read aloud to their kids, and read alone - modeling a love of reading. This is our philosophy as well. Jude read a little in first grade, but became proficient the summer before second grade. He learned to read well by reading Calvin and Hobbes comics to me while I was cooking dinner. Soon enough, he was caught up with his classmates, and beyond.
Jude and Indigo now attend a different school, since his last school only went through kindergarten. Indigo's kindergarten is a bit more academic than Jude's was. They spend more time on phonics. And half way through her kindergarten year, Indigo started reading!
Jude's kindergarten teachers would say that reading is like other developmental milestones. It happens when kids are ready.
They called it cracking the code.
When it happens, it's pure magic.
The other gem of wisdom they bestowed on us was to read aloud to our kids for as long as they'd let us. Don't rush them into reading only alone, but enjoy the time reading together as a family. This was important advice. Some of our favorite times together have been spent cuddled under a blanket reading together. We've been into Uncle Wiggily stories since Christmas. This book was our favorite - the stories are so special and sweet, and just the right length for bedtime. We highly recommend it. We also try to read this little devotional every night at the dinner table. The stories are so lovely.
I literally gasped when I saw it. I pointed it out to the kids and they gasped too! Sunsets like these aren't infrequent here in Texas. I'm not sure what it is that makes them so colorful, but I don't take it for granted. And, unlike the sunrise, I don't have to wake up early to see it - even better! :)