When I was a teacher, one of my favorite things was to overhear one student “reading” to another- retelling in their own words what was happening in the pictures. It’s the beginning stages of literacy development, and a step on the road to becoming a reader.
So of course, nothing warms my heart more as a mom than hearing Becca “read” to her stuffed animals. As I do every day, we read books in storytime and then I put those same books in her crib with her for nap. She typically “reads” either aloud or quietly for about 15-20 minutes before falling asleep, and again for 20-30 minutes after waking up.
Today’s book of choice as I walked out of the room was The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. It’s a favorite of mine, and has become a favorite of hers, which I think is awesome. Here was the convo I overheard:
Ok, Dorge! Hungee wyerm (worm). Heya egg. Weaf (leaf). Moon. POP! Sun. Hungee hungee hungee eat eat eat. Owange! Cheh pie (cheery pie). Taustage. Weaf. Nigh night. BOOFWY! (Butterfly).
If you know the story, I’m sure her retelling made you smile, as it did me. Love this girl. So much.