Yes, you heard me. Reading Rainbow! Who remembers that as fondly as I do?
I was stoked to hear rumors about a year ago that LeVar Burton himself was stirring up the old Reading Rainbow idea. And to be perfectly honest, I had no idea that it had continued on well past when I graduated high school! It started in ’83 (when I was born) and ran for more than 20 years. I had no idea. Of course, as a growing tween, I forgot about such things.
But these days I look fondly back on things like that. I was hoping that it wasn’t just another internet rumor. And it wasn’t! Granted, it’s not the show, but it is a fantastic program that works with kids of varying ages. We went ahead and got a year’s subscription to it, and so far it’s not been the most intriguing thing for Zoe, but I’m hoping that that will change soon.
She’s surprised me lately with how her speech has progressed since we visited family up in Connecticut, and lately we’ve been working on the sounds of each letter and how they apply to simple words, mostly 3 letter words. She’s done pretty well when we do it on the chalkboard with her. She also has phonics apps on our phones that she gets to play from time to time, and she’s really quickly making headway.
She also has a little game on my phone where it has her fill in the missing letters of three letter words. It starts with filling in one letter of three, then two of three. She’s absolutely blown me away with it. There are letters she certainly is having issues with, such as C and K, and E and A at times when hearing a word to spell it, but it really is just absolutely amazing to me.
Though, at times she does it by process of elimination, since she gets three options. I know she’s being a bit lazy when she does that with words I know she knows. 🙂 Mark of a smart kid, I tell ya. Sheesh.