Learning how to read

by beagooddad on March 1, 2007

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BeAGoodMom wrote about learning about sight words yesterday (and I just realized that the new template doesn’t show which one of us wrote a post – will change soon I promise).  My MIL left a really nice comment about how all of that works.

After reading that, I was thinking about Pookie reading the words and pointing at each letter on the inside of the stackable ice creams the other day.

One part in particular stuck out to me.  When I was holding the ice cream and ask him how to spell “yellow,” for instance, he was kind of looking out of the top of his eyes as if he was focusing on a mental picture and then his hand was physically pointing at the air.

I think I know how Pookie is learning to read.  He was seeing the ice cream and just reading the letters.  He knows his letters backwards and forwards and he spends so much time with that ice cream and other books focusing on colors that he probably knows what they look like better than I do.  He is also highly visual and I’m sure can hold onto visual snapshots better than your average bear.

There is a reason why I think that is so very cool, or at least fascinating.  Ever since I was a little kid, whenever I talk, the words scroll through my head as a say them.  Actual text.  A lot of the time, I end up reading most of the things I say…in my imagination.

It is kind of strange when I think about it and try to focus on it.  It’s kind of like when you focus on breathing.  For some reason it is harder to do when you are conscious of it.  I haven’t really thought about it in years, it’s just kind of there.

I’d love to take credit for that little oddity, if I’m right, but I’m not sure how I could have taught him that, and he sure didn’t inherit it from me.

For the record, I don’t know if this is an uncommon thing or not.  I’ve never heard anybody else talk about it, so I figure everybody does it and so, like breathing,  it just isn’t worth talking about or it is pretty rare and makes me just that much more special.  I tried to google it and found nothing relevant.  Does anybody know if this has a name or not?

What do you think?  Do you see words when you talk or just images or something else entirely?

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