It finally clicked!!! I've been waiting for that moment when Griff's reading abilities would suddenly catch fire, do you know what I mean? There are all these little steps to literacy - identifying letters, knowing sounds, recognizing words by sight, figuring out how to decode unfamiliar words. But there's some moment when you go from haltingly figuring out every word to reading. That point in time when fluency kicks in. I remember tearing through books as a child and Griff seems like the kind of kid who will really, really enjoy reading everything he can get his hands on, once the spark ignites.
And it did!
Over the last weekend in June, while Dan's parents were here, I noticed that he went from telling people that he can "read some words, but I don't know how to read," to suddenly taking a book with him everywhere and exclaiming that he "actually read" first a few pages of a comic, and then a whole book.
Since then he spends most of his day with his nose in a book, and also reads stuff all over town - more than just the sight words he used to recognize, he's reading any print he can find and telling me what he read. While trying to explain who Michael Jackson was to him, I searched YouTube for videos, and Griff, reading over my shoulder, asked, "what's Man in the Mirror?" He is SO proud, and so excited to have discovered this portal into a whole 'nother level of existence.
Celebrating this milestone was the kick in the pants I needed to finally get him his own library card. As of today, Griff has his first bag of books that were 100% chosen, carried and checked out by him. Even better, his sudden surge in reading excitement has been contagious and all of us are having a literary renaissance here. Reese stays up late paging through borrowed Captain Underpants books, I'm joining not one, but two book groups, and Xander is starting to name numbers when he sees them.