Hillary Savoie's New York Times Motherlode Article


On Motherload, the NY Times Parenting Blog

A story about Hillary learning that then four-year-old Esmé could read--and why we should always presume competence. An excerpt from the article is included below...

Esmé Can Read

June 28, 2015 

Today I realized that my daughter could read.

Esmé can read. I keep repeating it in my head over and over, trying to let the reality of this discovery settle in.

Earlier in the day I tried to challenge her knowledge, presenting more difficult words, trying to trick her. She had gotten every word I’d shown her — she’d looked bored with dog and cat and Esmé, so we had moved on reaching a seven-letter word. The only one that gave her pause was Maman, written in the French manner (as I refer to myself) rather than Mama as it is in her book “I Love You, Stinky Face.”

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