Bria has always loved to learn. I mean, the girl's first word was "wassa?" (translation: What's that?). As an 8 month old she would point to everything and ask wassa? As a toddler and a preschooler her incessant questioning of why? who? when? and yes, what's that? exhausted me. So it's no surprise that now that she's in Kindergarten she loves it and when asked what her favorite part of school is she'll say "learning" (except the times she says "recess", but who can blame her for that?).
Even though she recognized the entire alphabet and could call all letters by name before she was 18 months old, reading has been somewhat elusive for her. Mostly because of another personality trait she has: Being afraid of the unknown. She has loved to ask me how to write millions of words, but for some reason she didn't feel confident enough to try her own hand at reading them, even though she was starting to read small 3 letter words before she started Kindergarten.
In the last month or so, something has finally clicked with her reading...and she is reading like a little pro. She LOVES to read everything she sees and even attempts some pretty difficult books when we read with her at night. I am so proud of her and so excited that this whole wonderful world has opened up to her...because I love to read anything I can get my hands on, and I want her to be able to find the same enjoyment in it that I do.
She has also been learning about the body in her science unit at school. She tells me lots of things about various parts of the body and what they do. She is so cute and excited about EVERYTHING that she learns that it is hard not to smile when she comes home from school and goes on and on about it. She's especially amazed at her brain and all it can do.
So, the other night I was reading with her. Actually, she was reading to me out of a Dr. Seuss book and she just blew me away how well she did. When she was finished I told her I was so proud of her that she was such a good reader!
Her answer? "No Mommy...don't tell it to me that you're proud of me...you need to tell it to my brain! My brain is what's telling me how to sound out the words...I'm not smart...my BRAIN is!"