"In other Things With Wheels news, I’d like to pause in my blogging for a brief commercial announcement:
If you have a little boy who a) likes trucks and b) is learning how to read, you must stop what you are doing and go to Capstone Press and order the full line of Mighty Machines books. (Or head to the library; that’s where we get ours.) These books are a near-miracle in design. Big, flashy, full-color pictures of bulldozers, fire trucks, garbage trucks, you name it. There’s only a few words on each page, so it’s not intimidating in the slightest, but there’s still a nice mix of common starter words and more challenging vocabulary. And these are the first books that Sonny has tackled as an independent reader.
Sonny started off with Backhoes and Earthmovers and essentially memorized them. He must have read them fifty thousand times each. Now we have another five or seven or thirteen of them — it seems like my wife brings another couple home from the library every day — and Sonny sits with them just about every night.
On the first go-round, I read them out loud, but then Sonny takes it from there, getting help on some of the longer words, mastering them. By the fourth or fifth time through, he hardly needs my help at all. After that, he doesn’t even need me sitting next to him. The boy, I say, is doing independent reading.
Also, the books have added to our endless series of father/son in-jokes. Most of the books end with the words “mighty machines,” as in, “Garbage trucks are mighty machines.” Now at random times throughout the day, he’ll ask me to say those words, and I’ll say it: “Mighty machines.” Then he’ll say, “Louder!”, and I’ll say it a little louder, and he’ll yell, “Louder!!”, and then I’ll bellow it like a World Wrestling Federation announcer: “MIGHTY MACHINES!!!” Which cracks him up.
New silly jokes are nice to have, but the best thing by far is that Sonny — did I mention this already? I forget — is doing INDEPENDENT READING. (That, too, must be bellowed in the voice of a wrestling announcer.)
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September 25, 2008