Literal Power

Old Advice for a New AgeThere are few things in life that can truly give a person power. Learning to speak multiple languages is one of those things. Becoming comfortable with mathematics is another, and learning to read is another. And one more: being able to read. There is incredible power in being able to read. In this era of technology, screen media, and audio and visual stimuli, we often overlook the power of simple literacy.

However, ask the parents of the four-year-old who can suddenly read the signs on the vendor carts at the State Fair—how hard is it to redirect the little blossoming literary critic to the parents’ agenda now that she can read “ice cream”? Just that little bit of knowledge has given that child new power and her parents new headaches. Continue reading “Literal Power”

No P’s Please

Our daughter is right on the cusp learning to read. We have a couple of phonics and sight word games that she loves. When we read bedtime stories at night, she asks questions about the pictures, recognizes quite a few words on her own, and is quick to fill in the rhymes in Dr. Seuss stories.

She has figured out that there is great power in being able to read, and her fascination with words and language is keeping things interesting when we are out and about. Continue reading “No P’s Please”