Watching Samuel read chapter books for the last two years has definitely influenced Leah! She loves to sit down and “read” chapter books to herself (usually fairy chapter books). While she can’t read all of the words/sentences, she knows a lot of the words and can both point out words on the page and read them aloud. She can sit down with a basic picture book and read most of it now. We’ve also looked at lists of basic “sight words” and she can read so many of them! We’re so proud of her! She is definitely an emerging reader!
For the last several months, Leah has also been “reading” out loud to her baby dolls and imaginary friends. It is the most expressive, creative, and hilarious thing to listen to and watch. She will pick up a chapter book and make up the entire story (which is usually based loosely on the actual story). Sometimes she will also interject a bit of singing into her “reading” time. She “reads” and sings during all types of different pretend events: school, church, library storytime, etc. It is so fun to watch! However, if she sees anyone trying to video her while she is reading, she will stop… so I’ve had to take some sneak approaches to get some secret footage!