Dear Jasper and Kestrel,
One of my favorite things to do here at Uncle David’s house is read books with Liza. She loves “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” and anything about dinosaurs. Lately she has been reading more to me!
She is learning letters and sounds at her school, and a few months ago she noticed OPEN signs on stores we could go in. Then she saw the same sign on the Steinbeck Library! We checked out books in the Word Bird Series, and she is enjoying recognizing some words and figuring others out.
She is starting to read everything! The other day she wanted more light in the kitchen so she found the remote control Uncle David made and read “…k…kitch…kitchen!” She pressed that button and turned the light on. She was so excited! I am sure she will be reading before she goes to school, just like your Mommy did.
In Uncle David’s house there are also books in Russian, which are gifts from Auntie Olga’s Mommy, Baba Alla. There are bright and colorful, but I can’t read them! I only know four letters in Russian, the four that spell “Liza”.
I don’t know if I will be able to learn to read Russian, but I am practicing speaking it.
“Liza, kudah tapitchki?” (Liza, where are your slippers?)
“Ya niz naito.” (I don’t know.)
There is sure a lot of learning going on here in Salinas!