There was a time, many years ago it now seems, when I was teaching Abiah to read and I asked him what it sounds like I'm saying when I say the sounds C-A-T. His answer? Alaska!
I laughed and cried at the same time. I had been working with him for quite a while and I couldn't seem to help him understand what I was trying to say.
Fast forward to present day and Abiah is an excellent reader. His little third grade self is just devouring books. I love it!
At the same time it is now Hazel's turn to join the ranks of learning. I have slowly introduced letter sounds and reading concepts to her in the past year and have just recently been introducing her to actual reading.
Just recently I was working with her and had her write the letters C-A-T out on her Doodle Pro. When I sounded them out and asked her what it sounded like I was saying she enthusiastically replied, "Andy!"
This time I just laughed.