Tuesday, July 01, 2008

First word?

Bede wonders if "dragon" really is the first word Lucia has ever read on her own.

Do you remember what your breakthrough word in reading was? I don't remember mine, but for my brother Ulric, it was "treasure" when he was four years old. I was so thrilled that I brought him down to the library to celebrate. He then threw a fit in the children's room, and I realized that just because he could read didn't mean he was ready to hang with the big kids.

15 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

Dragon! How cool!

I don't remember mine. I do know that I learned in kinder and was still on easy readers then. My mom ordered the Sweet Pickles books in first grade and I used to read them when they came in the mail. It was the summer after first grade when I was bored at my dad's apartment and he had no kids' books and I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Of course, I thought it was about a seagull. After that, I read everything. I clearly remember "rat" being the first word the LSG read on her own when she was about three and a half. It's trickier with the LSB. Sometimes she knows her phonics and sometimes not. Sometimes I think she's reading a word and sometimes I think she just remembers it. I was surprised she didn't learn reading earlier than her sister because she showed some surprising and scary phonemic awareness as a baby, but now I am pretty sure it is because school is in Spanish and she has two sets of sounds to keep track of, making it more complicated for her. We don't do much about it at home, so Spanish letter-sounds are more familiar to her. They don't start working on English reading with them until their kinder year at school, when they already read Spanish.

Dragon is a mighty cool first word to read! Treasure, too!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I have no idea about my word, but I do remember reading The Velveteen Rabbit so much that I had the first page memorized. I can still say it.

"Dragon." Excellent.

El JoPe Magnifico said...

It was "red" and after learning it, I had the sense that I had just been tricked, like some kid hooked by a drug-pusher. (only without the drug-pusher analogy) Which was true, but soon I no longer cared.

And in case you were wondering: No, I was not reaching for "redrum".

limpy99 said...

It wasn't thr first word, but to this day, 34 years later, I remeber sitting in kindergarten and reading the word "cherry" and thinking something along the lines of 'Wow, I guess I can read'

Later I was sent to the corner after fighting about whose turn it was to use the sand table, but they couldn't take "cherry" away from me!

Tony said...

I remember going into first grade not very excited about reading. It was when I learned to read the word "something". I realized that if I could read that word, I could probably read any word!

Lady K said...

"more" I think that was it. I called my mom and she said the VERY first word I spoke was "dada" and reminded me that I used to throw her keys and slippers into the garbage to hang out with him. That story cracks me up. Hope that didn't sound wrong or anything.

Phil said...

I can't remember ever not being able to read; all I know is that I've been told I figured out how to read some time when I was 3. I can remember demonstrating for the neighbors that I could read "This Is The House That Jack Built" when I was about 4, and I remember even then although I was pleased that they were praising me for it, I was also nonchalant about it, like of course I could read, why wouldn't I be able to?

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thank you all for your interesting, insightful comments. I just realized yesterday that I finally remembered my breakthrough word-- "Childcraft." What? What does that mean? It was on a paper-bag. In the summer between first and second grade, my family was visiting another family, and there was a boy who was younger than I who could read. My father asked the boy about the word spelled on a paper-bag that we had. The boy said, "Childcraft." I don't know what that meant, but I remember what the bag looked like (white, with an orange sun, silhouettes of children, and the word in all capital letters) and how it imprinted itself on my brain. Here's the site I just looked up: https://www.childcrafteducation.com/

Lori said...

I don't remember any particular word, but I do remember the process of learning to read in Mrs. McCollough's first grade class, and the phonics excercises ("A says 'AAAA' or a, a, a. E says 'EEEE' or e, e, e...") I also remember thinking that adding -ing and -ly to words was cool.

They broke the class up into three reading groups, code-named the Snoopys, the Charlie Browns, and the Peppermint Pattys, but even in first grade everyone knew they really meant Smart, Not As Smart, and "Challenged."

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Lori: My third grade language arts class was divided into three reading groups-- the Trapezoids, Circles, and Squares. Did the teacher think she was fooling anyone?!

Lone Star Ma said...

Oh, I know. My school used color names for the groups - so very lame.

a. fortis said...

That's great! Congrats to you and Bede...and, of course, Lucia. I don't remember what my breakthrough reading word was, but evidently the first word I ever spoke was "pup." Not Mom, not Dad...and we didn't even own a dog...

GraceAnne LadyHawk said...

I do not remember a time when I didn't know how to read. I can remember back to about age three, but I could read then.
My son learned to read at about that age. We read to him incessantly, and it took.
No one read to me, however, so I have no idea how this happened. My mother does tell the story of hearing me sound out the word elephant when I was about four.

TadMack said...

Okay, I'm totally late on this, but COOL, Lucia!! Yay, dragons!

Can't remember a time when I couldn't read, either, which made teaching reading somewhat terrifying, until I lost myself in phonics along with my kids, and everything kind of came out in the wash. (Mind you, I was teaching fifth grade kids with learning disabilities, so they could read... in a way. I had three reading groups, too, but we didn't try to fake anyone out by naming them. Ach. I floated and worked with each group to try to lessen the sting, but kids always know, don't they? **SIGH** I tried to do three groups for art and math, too, just to keep it balanced.) I do remember reading Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now by myself when I was four.

diana said...

Mine was "Kmart" because we passed it on the freeway, and the second was a phrase : "Irv, the Working Man's Friend" which was a store in Milwaukee. The store front had a big cut out of a man's head from the 1950's. Incidentally, Irv was my first crush.

My first book I could read was a Golden Shape book The Gingerbread Man, with a paper cover that was cut along the shape of a gingerbread. I do remember asking what was required to know how to read. It did seem that it happened just all of a sudden.

Congrats to your daughter! I have a set of Childcraft books. I think they used to be sold like encyclopedias.