"S says ssssssssss.... A says aaaa.... M says mmmm...
"Mommy I read it!! I love you, Mommy!" and K. gives me a big kiss followed by a high five.
K. read his first words today. He has been waiting to do this for months, but I have learned to not introduce sound blending too soon because I want a child's first experience to be met with success. Having finished his last introductory phonics workbook, he was ready and eager to start.
You want to know why I homeschool? This is it. I selfishly want the best moments of my child's day to myself. I want to be the one to witness and share the joy when new ideas are discovered and new skills are learned. I want to be the one my child hugs when he reads his first word.
And for this little boy, the victory is so much sweeter. Not talking or eating solid food at over two years of age, he was far more like an infant in ability and size when we brought him home. I've said before that we had no idea what he would end up being able to do or if he would ever talk. Of course, that was long before I really knew this little boy. He is an energetic and determined guy and doesn't let much hold him back.
Four and half years ago, I held my breath and wondered if I was really prepared to parent this child. Today I am so glad we didn't let fear stop us from making him our son.