Thursday, August 11, 2011

You Capture : Happiness

Something pretty amazing happened over the summer...
Griffin learned how to read.
He was just a little behind after graduating from Kindergarten
so my parents tutored him.

We called it Nana and Poppy school
and we are so blessed
that my mom is a Professor of Reading Education
and my dad is a retired elementary school teacher.

They worked so hard with him
and now he can read like a champ.
He worked hard to learn how to
print more clearly as well.

We decided to have a party to celebrate.

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We gathered up all his favorite junk foods
cupcakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies.
Then we had a super fun pig out fest in his honor.

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As part of the ceremony,
he read a book to my father.
We were all so proud as he sounded
out every single word perfectly.

I could feel his confidence building as he read each word.

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We gave him presents to say
congratulations for being a reader.
Then, he gave my parents presents
to say thank you for being such great teachers.

Getting that child to focus
when all he wanted to do was play
was a huge task, I know.
They stuck with him though
and for that I am so appreciative.

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Then, my mom presented him
with a certificate for completing
their summer reading program.

Really though, the best gift that they
gave to him
was the gift of reading.

That is something that he will carry with him always.
This is beyond happiness!
Thank you Nana and Poppy,
your hard work paid off!!!

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17 comments:

Singedwingangel said...

Way to go Griffin.. I love your party idea that is so cute.

Singedwingangel said...

Way to go Griffin.. I love your party idea that is so cute.

LisaDay said...

Fantastic. I hope he also discovered that absolute joy of reading.

LisaDay

Linda D. said...

Ah, the gift of reading is the gift that keeps on giving!
Also, kids who learn to read well and early simply do better in school. Great that by end of summer Griffin came away with something so valuable.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

That is awesome! Way to go Griffin.

Sue said...

My mom taught my kids to read, too, before they even started school. Aren't grandparents wonderful?

Congratulations to Griffin!

=)

BellaVida said...

Congratulations, now that he can read his world will be even bigger.

vanilla said...

You go, Griffin! And Nana and Poppy, you rule! Nice going, Mom. You all worked together and earned a great accomplishment.

Andrea said...

aw--happy tears for that one!

tiarastantrums said...

all my favorite things to eat!!

Blended Family said...

Stopping by from You Capture. Happy for you guys!

Jenny said...

What a wonderful celebration for a job well done!

Elaine A. said...

Oh my gosh, I love this SO much! What a wonderful family you have. And good for him, that is so awesome! I love that you had a party to celebrate. Truly great. All of it!! :D

Mama Zen said...

What a great excuse for a party! Great job, Griffin!

Caroline said...

Yayyyyyy Griffin!!!

Your parents are the best, Leigh. The best. And I'm sure you know that.

p.s. Uhm..I would like to be invited over next time because all of Griffin's favorite junk foods are MY favorite junk foods.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Good job Griffin :) What a neat party!

Jessica Monte said...

Wow! What a happy and inspiring capture! It is nice to see grandparents and parents helping their children to learn such an important skill (I used to be an ESOL teacher and actually wrote a little bit about that for my You Capture post). Being literate is so important to living in this world.