Laci's secret is out. Although I have suspected it for awhile, Laci can read. Whenever I asked her to sit down and try to read a few words with me, she always refused. We play a game called "Stump Laci". I spell simple 4 letter words and she tells me what the word is. If she can do that, I figured she must be able to read a little. So I asked her teacher and she responded "Of course, Laci can read." When her teacher told her to sit down with me to read, she did. I don't know why she doesn't do what I ask her to do but I am glad she does what her teacher asks her to do.
Fortunately, we have a lot of level 1 and 2 Dora and Princess books handed down by my nieces. I love older cousins! I would like to sit down with her every night but if I can get her to sit down quietly and read with me every few days, we're doing okay. Laci responds well to praise so I am making a big deal of reading. She is still in the beginning stages of reading and sounding out the words. She confuses the b and d and asks each time which it is. I confuse d and b too sometimes so I can't blame her. She is super slow and not fluid at all but she is doing it! Last night, we spent half an hour on a short 10 page book. It was painful for me. She kept bobbing up and down and scooting around the room. But she did it. It was funny because every time I would just read the word to her, she would say "Mo-om, don't do that. I'm not 2!" Or something like that. She is not a baby and doesn't need my help. Laci learning to read may be my next lesson in parent patience. Laci still has a year and a half before kindergarten. It will be a long year and a half. Her teachers say that she is already bored in class. Maybe this will be a good lesson in patience and understanding for all of us.