I can't believe that I'm writing this post so soon! On Wednesday, Joshua officially read his first book. He was so excited about reading the book that he leaped across to give me a big hug! I'm so proud of him, and very thankful for my neighbor. Let me explain. Our neighbors next door have two daughters, age 2 and 3. We've been getting to know them and at one playdate got to talking about teaching our kids how to read. She mentioned that she had a Hooked on Phonics 1st grade packet that she would give me, because it would be a couple of years before she would get to use it. So, last week, she brought it over. Joshua and I started working on it almost immediately. We've done other workbooks and such, but I think Joshua took to this one mostly because it did come from our neighbors. It was a big jump from what we've been doing, but Joshua has done great. He sounded out 90% of the words in the book on his own. There were only a couple of sight words that he had trouble with, which we just hadn't worked on before. He read the book again yesterday, and this morning insisted that we do school again at 7 a.m. Yikes. ;) He's working hard to cover more words so that he can read his next book!