Sunday, July 20, 2008

More milestones for Jack

This past week Jack read these books:All because of this book . . . (and a lot of motherly tutoring, ofcourse):
For the past year, I've been working with Jack.

On a good day, our routine is 1. Lunch, 2. Put Owen & Lucy down for naps, and 3. Cuddle together on the couch and do reading lessons. I have the greatest memories from all those many afternoons together. Because:

1. Jack always got it, so I never had a chance to lose my patience with him. (Okay, there were a few times. I'm not a perfect mother.)

2. He would always laugh sooooo hard. For some reason, with just the two of us working on reading, I could always get him to laugh really hard. Sometimes, a little bit too hard if you know what I mean. (He doesn't have the strongest bladder control when it comes to laughter.) The stories in the book are silly. So between the goofy stories, and poking fun at his mispronunciation of words- we had a hoot together.

I love that sweet boy. He is so smart it almost scares me sometimes. I REALLY have to watch myself around him because he doesn't miss a beat.

Oh, and on a side note. He finished yet another round of swim lessons. I think it was his second session this summer . . or was it his third? I can't remember because he's done so many in the past few years. The important thing, is that he can now swim horizontally with his head ABOVE water and actually move. (Previously, he would dunk and just sort of move around underwater without really going anywhere.) I'm not sure which I'm happier about: the fact that he can swim, or the realization that I no longer have to drive him to swim lessons anymore.
TA DA!!!

14 comments:

AMY said...

I hope some day I receive enough patience to teach my children HOW to read. Don't get me wrong, I love reading to them but...

Your Jack's going to be one smart kid.

jessica said...

Okay thanks for making me feel like the worst mom ever!!!!!

HELLO! I'm a reading tutor and have taught a zillion kids how to read except my own. Okay so I did teach Maya, but poor Eden...she just better not get Mrs. You-know-who next year or we will be in big trouble!

I love Jack too, your kids are awesome! Aric and I are still cracking up over Owen's waking up Jack routine. What a stinker!

Ilene said...

Uh, Jackson is a year younger than Jack so that means I have a year to get it together still, right?

You're a great mom!

Jessica said...

I read to Jane before I FORCE her to take a nap with me...does that count?

Matt and Adge said...

wow!! that is so impressive that he is reading! i bet his kindergarten teacher will just love him :).

Nicole said...

Hey! I'm using that book with Anna. To be honest, I should have been done with it LONG ago, but I tend to be "on a little off a lot" with it. But I highly recommend it to anyone. Even my three year old is picking up on it.

elisha and brett said...

Wow! What a smart boy! And what a great mom! I have heard such good things about that book, I should try it with Taylor.

The Hansen Clan said...

You are such a good mom - those will be moments that neither of you will ever forget!

Amy said...

Very cool!! I should look into that book. Emily has known for a while now all her letters - capital and lower case - among other things. What age is good to start her on that book?

Brittanny said...

Meghann...what a sweet story...and the laughing too hard part...that was so cute. But, I must say that I need to work harder on my own kids to get them to read. Annelise knows phonics pretty well, but hasn't been able to put words together. So good for you and cute Jack!

Sharlene Enloe said...

That is awesome that he has done so well. He will always remember the time you guys have spent together!

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Ryan and Angela said...

Cute little Jack is reading already! I have started "encouraging" Kathleen to read the Book of Mormon. Maybe that is a little too advanced yet. She can only get a verse a day. But hey, we do what we can, right?