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Go Owen Go!

Owen reads Go Dog Go! from memory and context.


Amy Van Hook said…
It's official. The kid is a genius. I think I was 4 before I could read "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" from memory. And that book was WAY shorter than "Go Dog Go." Brilliant!
blissful_e said…
Fantastic!! Higher pitch when the girl dog asks about her hat and everything. Love the 'wheeee!' when the dogs are going down the roller coaster as well. :)
mama mia said…
Amy, you were 3 when Are You My Mother was read from memory every day...3 and 4 are the ages where those first steps of reading and book/print awareness usually show up in a child to whom many books have been read. I love the inflection in his voice, and the way he knows he skipped some text and goes back and re"reads"...also using the pictures for context clues and substituting his own words at times for meaning. I'd love to do a running record to check his accuracy...those LeSieg/dr. seuss books are great for so many things; sight word recoginition, rhyming and position words, concept of print....this would make a great demonstration video for a beginning teacher to observe... plus Owen is just so adorable!

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