Laurel was home sick from school yesterday. She had a lazy day spent mostly in front of the t.v. so that Mom could get her work done. But there were a few glorious moments. Laurel came into Maren's bedroom about mid-day and sat on the bed. She picked up the scriptures laying there and started pretending to read. Then she said, "Mom, can you help me read this word?" Maren was so excited that Laurel prompted this learning moment and was not forced into it. So the two sat together reading the all caps header at the top of the page. She sounded out the letters one-by-one, had to be told that this time the "O" made an "oh" sound and not an "octopus" sound, but then she was on her own. Certainly, there was more than a bit of luck involved, but she somehow blurted out, "Moses!" Mother and daughter celebrated with a big hug and smiles.
Not more than few minutes later the doorbell rang. The UPS man came delivering another package. Laurel was at the door right next to her mom. She looked at the box and said, "Disney! Yay! Is that for me?" She most likely just recognized the Disney logo, but it was a bitter sweet moment none-the-less! It figures this package would be delivered a day early when Laurel was at home, causing Mom to ramble on about how the package might be for Brant...or maybe it could be from Mimi because she was getting something from Disney. I told her I had to put it away until Christmas and she seemed ok with that...phew! It's wonderful that Laurel's learning to recognize words by using the context and the sounds of a few letters, but it also makes keeping secrets a bit more difficult.
So now Laurel needs one more Christmas gift- Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop. Do they make that in stocking stuffer size?
When Maren told Brad the story, he quipped, "Maybe she should stay home from school more often!"