Maya just read her first book tonight.
And I loved listening to every word of it, "Best Friends," a Scholastic "BOB" book.
"Sally, a circle, was best friends with a square named Seth.
Wherever Sally went, Seth went too.
Whatever Sally liked, Seth liked too...."
We giggled together in shock and delight after every completed page. When we finished, she fell asleep fast... and happily, proud of her exhausting accomplishment.
Every time I watched her mouth moving...sounding out words, her eyes scanning the page, searching for clues in the pictures, her quiet voice, focused...re-reading the previous words to find context...I was in awe of this process.
It felt like magic.