Aaron read the previous day’s post and liked it, but said that I also needed to post another story from the same day. (What can I say? Eamon was just “on” yesterday.)
If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching the PBS show Super Why, I can tell you that’s it just as repetitive as Dora, but better in my opinion because it’s all focused on the alphabet and reading. They mostly use lower case letters, so Eamon now knows all his uppercase and lowercase letters.
Because the show is so repetitious in form, Eamon feels comfortable “playing along.” When they ask him to say his name, he does. When they ask him to read the next letter, he can. He points to the “a” when they ask him to, and shouts out the letters in the words.
But most importantly, it’s teaching him that WORDS are made of LETTERS. Letters make sounds, and sounds make words. This is a huge concept, and I know that he’s getting it because of this incident yesterday:
From the backseat of the car, Eamon suddenly shouted, “MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!”
“Yes, Eamon?” I wasn’t worried. He’s terribly dramatic, and will often shout like that just to let me know he’s seen a school bus or a stop sign.
“I can spell, Mommy!”
Well, that's something new, I thought. I didn't even know that he knew the word "spell."
And then, Eamon began. “B.”
I thought to myself, it sounds like he's actually going to do it. He's actually going to spell a word. Maybe he’s going to spell “bed.” Or “bath.” Or “bat.”
Eamon continued, “R.”
Uh, okay. Maybe “brain” or “branch?”
Okaaay… “bread?” Did we watch an episode about bread?
And last, “D.”
He then announced triumphantly, “B-R-E-D spells ‘Presto!’”
Okay, so I guess we need to watch a few more episodes.