The other day, the boy and I were walking in the neighborhood and came across a “Little Free Library”. I’m not sure how about the history of the program but I think several years ago there was a movement to build these tiny libraries all over the city. I know of at least 4-5 just in Ballard. People can build and stock them with any books they choose.
The boy asked what it was and when I told him anyone could take out a book, he quickly selected one, pulled it out and asked if he could read it, right now. “Sure”, I said so he sat down on the sidewalk and read me the entire story then put the book back in the Little Library.
Yes, he can read. Not every word but it’s stunning how fast this habit just ‘happened’. Seems like one day he could not and the next he could read. And in just Kindergarten. I swear I recall struggling to read, “see spot run”, in first grade. Things do change. His teacher said most of the class can read already, to some degree and that’s normal.