Deborah - posted on 03/01/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )
My 2 1/2 year old is so frustrating me with reading. Today we went to this new farmer's market and I was looking at some organic Omega 3 supplements but not finding what I need. So we go check out and the head of the department comes over to me with some gummy bear ones and says I completely forgot about these so I go back with her to look at them while my mom is unloading the basket with Katelyn. I picked the one I like and bring it up to hear Katelyn say I want a gummy bear. (so I thought) which floored me since she has never had gummy bears. Then we get checked out and head to the car and she says ... "Mommy, where are the yummy bears?" I pull them out of the bag and clear as day they are called "Yummie bears". Now no one called them that. The salesclerk never talked about gummie or yummie just that she forgot about them but Katelyn knew what they were. So I asked her if she read it and she quickly says NO.
I just wonder if I have a clever sneaky reader on my hands. I try to explain to her that is fine if she is reading but she quickly changes the subject. Even when playing on the computer. We were on www.starfall.com and she absolutely refuses to click on the words, just everything else which defeats the purpose of the website. So I finally say you can only go on if you point to one word on each page. So I asked her to find the word 'mops' and she is annoyed with the game but wants to keep going so quickly points to mop. I do that for a few more times and everytime she points to the correct word.
So is she reading? I have no idea. Of course she has some memorized words but even that is like pulling it out of her. Also ... how do I get her past not wanting to have anything to do with the words? I try to applaud and make a big deal out of it but that results in her not wanting anything to do with it. I am so scratching my head on this one. She is very stubborn and I really think she just senses she shouldn't be reading at this age so she tries to hide it.