Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The What . . . . .

You guys are soooo predictable! I am not with child, but good guesses. I thought this would be a fun way of announcing the new big deal in our home. Ethan is READING! WOOOHOOO! He has been working on it for quite awhile, but now is doing a wonderful job! He has gotten down the one - vowel rule (vowel says short sound) and has now learned the two - vowel rule (1st vowel says long sound and 2nd vowel is silent). We are SO very proud of him. This is probably one of the most rewarding experiences that I can be apart of in homeschooling my children. I feel like I have just given keys to my child to unlock so much information. You should see the look on Ethan's face, when he is asked to sound out words in the Bible during our family devotions. (We each take turns reading scripture) I just praise the Lord for such a blessing. To you, this may not seem like a big deal - but to me it is priceless and unforgettable. This helps me press through when the days of homeschooling become tedious and sometimes difficult. To me, it serves as an encouragement. I am just in awe that I can be apart of something so amazing. Think about it . . . if you cannot read then what kind of opportunities will you have in this life? Reading is essential - and yet taken for granted. In serving with the youth for approx. 10 years now, Phillip and I have seen many teens that cannot read. It always saddens me. I, again, praise the Lord for the allowance of me being involved in teaching my own child how to read. He will always remember that his Mom was able to do that with him. Awesome. Ethan is currently in K-4 (really this is almost just like kindergarten). He is finishing this year up and then will turn five in July. To be reading at such a young age is awesome!

To those of you who thought this was going to be a BIG announcement - sorry if I disappointed you. To us this is a big deal! I also thought it was a fun way of doing things . . . . .

9 comments:

I am truly blessed said...
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I am truly blessed said...

Praise the Lord Charissa. This is a big announcement because it shows the faithfullness of you and your husband teaching your children. And you can see that look of accomplishment and joy on Ehtans face. Way to go little buddy!!!

tommy said...

so does this mean you aren't prgnant? Now I gotta take back this coffee maker I bought you guys for the baby shower.... :)

One Happy Family said...

After you have so many - baby showers no longer exist! :-) But hey, you could give us a Fourth of July present????!!!! I love that thing.

Josh and Cindee said...

Charrissa, this is such a big deal! I don't know if I'm just being pregnant and emotional but you have me all choked up. Way to go Ethan!

Jenny said...

How exciting. We have a new reader in our home too this year, it's so fun when they begin putting sentences together. Hmmmm.... maybe with your "touch of the flu" you really are with child! :) Just Kidding, of course.

Miss Stephanie said...

SWEET! *thumbs up* I wanted to tell you guys about a book that I thought of while Brother Browning was talking tonight - it's called "Do Hard Things" by Alex and Brett Harris, Josh Harris' little brothers. I have it, if you guys want to read it. It's by teens, for teens, talking about the same exact stuff that he was...we went to the conference that the two guys did, and it was TOTALLY what Brother Browning was saying. Anyway, just wanted to let you know, and hope that your little gal feels better. :)

Jenny B. said...

Yea Ethan!!! He is so smart, Charissa. You do a gret job homeschooling all your kids and it shows in them. Tell Ethan I say hello and that he is doing a fantastic job reading already! I told him that I would say hello to him periodically on your blog before we left. He said he'd let you know to look for it. :)

Miss Stephanie said...

Yes, I do play the piano - actually, my first lessons were from Mrs. Findlay, and my first recital was at that black piano in the sanctuary. :) How neat that your sons play - yes, I heard that Miss Julie was planning to teach David Green, but I didn't know that she taught others also. Neat!