Today was a proud day for Angela! For reading we spend a week learning a set of letters - two to four letters a week. We practice their sounds (which she already knows well) and then practice combining them with all of the short vowel sounds. To break up the monotony and show her that her hard and sometimes distasteful work does truly pay off, we then have a book that uses that set of letters scheduled for the following week. The intention was to work on the book all week before going back to learn the next set of letters.
Well, that plan backfired today when Angela picked up her first book and read it flawlessly on first reading! I must say I'm so proud of her, and I guess I better get ready to reconsider my lesson plans for the next 13 weeks!