Johnny recently developed an obsession with the LeapFrog Talking Words Factory DVD. He helps clean the house in exchange for watching it. The last three times they watched it, Emma started bringing along a sheet of paper. By day three she managed to copy down nearly every word from the show (she asked me to spell out a few extras afterwards). The cool thing is, she can now read and write most of these words all by herself – sounding out the short ones and memorizing the longer ones. I think it’s a combination of her watching the show and the few lessons we completed from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I’m not in a rush for her to learn to read, but this is evidence that if she’s ready to learn sooner than she “needs” to (from an academic point of view) she will learn on her own!