He has the fundamentals down pat - he knows his letters and the sounds they make, he can write them all, there are even a number of words he really can read that he learned in pre-school. He just needs to be able to put the blocks together and build his reading castle.
To that end, I asked my father-in-law, Tom, if he would help Liam. I'm afraid that if I try to do it, Liam and I will butt heads and get frustrated. I don't want to turn him off of reading because of frustration with me. Tom, on the other hand, taught elementary school for over 30 years and is a fantastic teacher. Who better to teach Liam? When I asked, he was happy to help.
After I got off the phone with Tom, I told Liam that Granddad was going to work with him on reading sometime soon. I warned him that it would take practice but that I knew he could do it.
Out of nowhere, Liam piped up that he wanted to send Granddad a card to remind him about the reading lessons. Well, he was in luck because I'm into cardmaking/scrapbooking and I have a ton of supplies sitting upstairs. When Jamie went down for his nap that day, Liam and I sat down in the office to make a card for Granddad.
Designed, executed, and written by Liam (with a little technical help from me), here is his card to Granddad:
Granddad loves pigs, thus the stamp choice
It says "Granddad, I'm looking forward to reading with you! Liam"
"Hand stamped for you by: Liam"
Have I mentioned that my kid is made of awesome? He's made of awesome.