I was driving down 283 this morning listening to the Maccabeats with Isabelle in the backseat. We were approaching the exit for Rte. 743 when I heard her yell out from the back seat, “Kahklit Whd.” My ears perked up. I sat up higher in my seat and looked in the rearview mirror so I could see her. She was pointing to the road sign that said Elizabethtown and Hershey.
“What did you say?” I asked Isabelle.
“Kahklit Whd!” she repeated as she continued to point to the sign.
But this isn’t the exit we take when we go to Chocolate World. Did she really just read the sign that said Hershey and make the connection that that’s where Chocolate World is?!!?
“Is that because it said ‘Hershey’ on the sign?”
“Yes!” she replied.
OMG! This can’t be happening. She’s not even three and she just read her first word!??!
Later in the day I spoke with my daughter’s teacher and my mother-in-law, who is a retired Reading Recovery Teacher, and told them what happened. They agreed that Isabelle did, in fact, read her first word on the sign! For some reason I didn’t trust myself to believe that that’s what happened. I trusted she was interpreting environmental print when she said “Bar-buh” for “Starbucks” when she saw the Siren on a rest stop sign when we drove down the highway a few months ago. But today’s events were something I needed to confirm with other people.
While Isabelle didn’t say “Hershey,” she used visual clues to help her read the word Hershey, which is where Chocolate World is, hence the response of “Kahklit Whd!” Wow! Wow! Wow! I am amazed.