For some time now I've noticed Parker reading, but I had a suspicion that he was just memorizing words and not actually able to sound them out if he didn't recognize them. Lately he has been reading words to me in different stores that I know aren't terribly familiar to him. Then last week he was on Starfall.com and started reading the stories on there aloud to his Grandma and Grandpa. I think I was more impressed than they were because I knew that I had never read those stories to him before! Usually I let him go on the computer to play and he just goes for it while I clean or do something else. I've touted that website before, but had to mention it again.
Today I asked Parker to read on video so I could show Grandma and Grandpa. First he read from a book that my friend Sara gave to him recently that I suspect he's mostly memorized because there aren't many words. Then I pulled out the big guns. He has a big reader that my dad sent him awhile back that we rarely ever pull out because Jake and I think it's extremely boring, and it's looong. Not good for bedtime. I was so impressed that he did as well as he did! I couldn't put everything on here because it would be too big of a file, so I took a few clips that really showed how he was trying to sound out unfamiliar words and strung the clips together for your viewing pleasure.
I'm also going to post the full video of Parker reading "That's Not My Dinosaur," just because I think Sara would enjoy seeing how much Parker loves the book she gave him.
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14