Gavin’s been reading to himself. He surprised me the other night when he started reading out aloud to himself. I was busy nursing Gareth to sleep but promised him I would read to him once Gareth had fallen asleep. Gareth usually responds to my voice and won’t sleep if I’m talking so I couldn’t read to Gavin until Gareth had fallen asleep.
Normally, when Gavin “reads” to himself, he is usually flicking through the pages and looking at the pictures. Occasionally, he might throw in some dialogue which he makes up himself based on what he remembers of the story, or it might be something relating to the pictures in the book.
The only reason I knew he was reading was because the flow of his words was not smooth flowing. If he makes up the words, the flow is conversational. That night there were stops in between the words as he took a moment to decipher the word before articulating it out aloud. Intrigued I looked over his shoulder and saw him with his finger under each word he was reading out aloud. With the words he didn’t know, he either made a best guess or he made up the story based on what he remembered.
His teacher mentioned that he had been reading at school, but this was the first time I had ever seen him do it. I guess he never wanted to read around me before because he usually wanted me to read to him. He still enjoys having me read to him but he will read to himself when I’m busy with Gareth. Last night, he was even reading to Gareth – although whether that was intentional or incidental (Gareth just happened to be next to him at the time), I don’t know.