I was reading Matilda to the boys at bed time. Miles was chattering away and looking at something else. That’s pretty common; getting them calmed down for bed is a challenge. I said “Oi, I’m trying to inspire a love of reading here. Pay attention.” or something to that effect. Then I looked at what Miles was doing. He was sounding out the letters on the bookmark. m y f i r s t. With a bit of help he blended them together and figured out that it said My first bookmark. Amazing. So we spent the rest of the chapter hunting for words in the book.
It’s really exciting to see how quickly he has come on at school. My initial reaction is also a good reminder that a) learning is better child led b) maybe I should have higher expectations of him. I just wanted him to listen when he could have been reading.