Satan, burping and how it relates to reading readiness?

My little guy looked up at my with big doe eyes and asked if he could come to the service with us instead of go to his Sunday School class.  I love having my children with me and quickly nodded my assent.  As the sermon progressed, Trey nestled into the crook of my arm, *taking notes* and decorating the church bulletin.   Suddenly, I felt his body stiffen and he tugged at my arm as he pointed to his drawing.

“Mommy, does this spell “Sa tan?”

In shock, I glance down and sure enough, he’s drawn a picture of a snake (the pastor had just mentioned the fall in the Garden of Eden) and he had boldly written S-A-T-I-N.  I stopped my giggle before it escaped as I nodded my head.  At 5.5, this boy of mine has been so eager to start reading and while we progressed beautifully with our Cursive First program and doing gross-motor handwriting and phonics work, he just hadn’t made the leap into blending sounds.  I’ve read all the research {and collected helpful links on reading readiness} and I know better than to push.  It’s far better to put it aside and pick it up later.   It is far more valuable to feed his imagination with great books, give him meaningful work to do and protect his time for free play so he can cement into his mind all of the interesting things that he’s learning about.

But here he is, just a few weeks later, blending and independently sounding out words.  Oh how quickly they change.  Last week, I participated on a Google Hangout with the iHomeschool Network.  The topic was one of my favorites: the preschool years!  Ironically, I had actually shared about Trey’s desire to learn, but the evidence that his brain just wasn’t wired to progress just yet.  And in the blink of an eye it seems, something happened and it is clicking.  With relish, he is running around sounding out words.

And today, he begged to do spelling first!   So I set the bigger boys off on their math and settled down to have him put his first words in our little hand-made spelling notebook that I’ve done now with each of my boys.  With an earnest look in his eyes, he seriously asked me if I could teach him how to spell BURP.  In stunned silence, I just sat staring at him… He pleaded with me to add this word to his spelling lesson.  Can someone say, “ALL BOY”?

My goal by the time he grows up is that he will learn the proper time and place to BURP since I’ve come to realize that I’m fighting a losing battle to make this topic and behavior seem unappealing.   With the added bonus of learning /ur/ the er of Church today, this eager, but still young son of mine lasted for a grand total of 3 words before he was off to fight imaginary revolutionary war battles…

p.s. This has me thinking again on the topic of reading readiness and making me wonder if I should revisit the idea of a whole blog series on the topic…  Would anyone be interested?


  1. I WOULD!!!!!! Love this so much!!!

  2. Yes please, that would be fantastic. Tara.

  3. Reading readiness had been a sore subject between family members and myself!
    My youngest is 8. He’s the first child that I’ve had the privilege of teaching to read “from scratch”.
    I took the “don’t push” approach and between he and I, its been the best thing!
    He started this school year determined to read chapter books by the end of the school year.
    It is HIS timetable and that has made ALL the difference in the world. He wakes up everyday looking forward to reading lessons and free reading time!
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  4. Hahahaha! Sounds like my boys. :) Our three year old is the loudest burper! It’s rather ridiculous, but always gets a good laugh out of the boys in the fam. (and the girls too at times ;) ).
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  5. I am revisiting this topic myself so would be interested to hear the thoughts of others…..
    Having taught two readers now and moving on to starting my next two I am analyzing what I did that I liked and what I need to tweak. I have always leaned towards a relaxed approach to reading (which is probably a good thing since we have moved approx 15 times/4 states in the last three years & had baby number five…..rigid consistency and early academics just don’t seem to fit my life reality :o)
    When I hear my friends talk about their 4 year old flying through chapter books it can be intimidating though. Makes me want to be sure that my approach is really based on what’s best for the kids, not my laziness!
    Anyway, this is on my consciousness right now so excited to hear from others.

  6. Please do a reading readiness series! Mucho years ago, my then 5th grader and I participated in a reading comprehension research project done by Howard Richman of PA Homeschoolers. The results showed no correlation between the age the children learned to read and their reading comprehension scores in 5th and 6th grade. His study is the basis of my belief that each child should learn to read (and love reading) when that child is ready.

  7. Of course! Everything I read here is helpful!
    Love how homeschooling doesn’t leave you even in church :)
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