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Being a big sister

M has been learning to read since she started first grade.  She is now able to sound out most words and this is her favorite game.  

It is so cute.  

I have fond memories of A (my oldest daughter) doing the same exact thing when she began to read.

The other morning my son brought me a picture book to read to him.  I went through it first in English even if it was all in French.  
After I had finished in English I went back in French like I always do. Then, I normally go through it again saying the name of each picture in English and then French right away.  This is what works for us.

M was listening to me read the picture book to my son. After she corrected my pronunciation of two French words I apparently didn’t say correctly.  O.K.  I admit it.  I most likely didn’t pronounce the words in French correctly since I do have a HUGE accent when I speak French.  :)

Not a problem.

As I handed her the picture book I said,  “Here. You read to your little brother and help him to pronounce the words in French correctly.”

She jumped up and grabbed the book. Her brother sat down in the chair next to her and she began to sound out the words. After she would read a word her little brother would repeat it.

It was adorable.

She was such the big sister.

I used to read to my little brother almost every night soon after I learned to read. He once told my mother he didn’t need to learn to read because his big sister reads for him.

It is sweet to see my own children sharing such special moments.

So, I am sharing this sweet moment with you instead of my crappy day of doing laundry.  Oh!  And, I had part of a tooth break off today while brushing my teeth this morning.  Nothing like visiting the dentist because you are getting old and falling apart.  :D

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  • anne March 15, 2010, 7:09 pm

    If you are old and falling apart .. what am I :-)

    How sweet that your children help each other , I think it is wonderful.

    • Pumpkin March 16, 2010, 3:59 am

      You will never be old because you are too young at heart! :)

  • expatraveler March 16, 2010, 1:43 am

    How adorable!!! What a great story… Sorry about the tooth. We’ve got the same problem here, but his broke eating a bagel I had made. Grrr. Felt so guilty like it was my fault! At least the “crappy” day has passed and you get to have a better rest of the week!

    • Pumpkin March 16, 2010, 4:01 am

      I will go to the dentist this afternoon. I just hope it isn’t expensive to fix. I think when a tooth gets to the point it breaks like that it is only a matter of time before it does…So, I think your bagel wasn’t the cause. :)

  • might i add...? March 16, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Sorry to hear about the tooth. I hope it isn’t too painful. You have such sweet stories about your children, about their growing-up process. It’s so nice to have these written down, you and they will be able to come back and read. What a wonderful gift to all of you.

    (I wish I were making more time to do that, too. You are an inspiration to me. I need to make time.)

  • Peggy March 16, 2010, 5:53 pm

    My grandson refused to have his fifth birthday because he wanted to stay four. He finally agreed to a cake, but no candles, and he would accept presents “because it would be rude to say no after people had bought things for him.” He is now a happy seven year old trying to be 12.

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