Animal Talk and Spelling Wizard!

Alec is 3 years old and he is a whiz at spelling and reading.

We first noticed his spelling abilities a little over a year ago.

We knew he could read words and spell many different words such as hippopotamus, trampoline, elephant, tiger, lion, etc.

(The words that Alec spelled were all things that he was familiar with and loved.)

Last week I asked Alec if he wanted me to read to him during quiet time.

I got the impression to see what words he could read and then I asked him if he could read the book to me.

He did!

I didn’t know that he could actually read an entire book.

He read the entire book to me before I read the book to him.

Alec will not be 4 until July.  He is truly a gifted child.

Alec has such an enthusiasm for learning that it is often hard for him to contain himself.

He is constantly jumping up and down while he is talking. LOL!

When his family came over for Sunday dinner at our house, I asked Alec to read the book to his Mom and Dad.

I quickly grabbed my camera so I could document his reading skills.

Alec’s speech is a little difficult to understand.

We think that his brain is working so fast that he can’t slow down his mind enough to always pronounce words accurately.

Alec used to stutter but we have been able to help him overcome that particular challenge.

Now if we could only get him to read, spell, etc. on cue. LOL!

We are still working on that particular trait.

We are so thankful for our wonderful children and grandchildren.

I am most grateful for technology when it is used correctly.

I’m grateful that I could record Alec’s reading abilities for all of us.

This is a precious time in all of our lives and I am so grateful that I can document everyday moments as well as those extraordinary events for those who have not yet been born.

I pray that I will always use my blog as a medium to uplift others and to focus on positive aspects of all of our lives.

I found these quotes about technology and thought how the world and technology has changed us in such a short time.

Here a few of the quotes I enjoyed:

Stand in Holy Places, by Thomas S. Monson (President of the Church). October 2011 General Conference

“I have lived on this earth for 84 years now. To give you a little perspective, I was born the same year Charles Lindbergh flew the first solo nonstop flight from New York to Paris in a single-engine, single-seat monoplane. Much has changed during the 84 years since then. Man has long since been to the moon and back. In fact, yesterday’s science fiction has become today’s reality. And that reality, thanks to the technology of our times, is changing so fast we can barely keep up with it—if we do at all. For those of us who remember dial telephones and manual typewriters, today’s technology is more than merely amazing.”
Be an Example of the Believers, by Mary N. Cook (First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency), October 2010 General Conference

“We must model that which is virtuous and lovely by our personal media choices. We must take care that the media we invite into our homes does not dull the sensitivity to the Spirit, harm relationships with our family and friends, or reveal personal priorities that are inconsistent with gospel principles. By example we can help our children understand that spending long periods of time using the Internet, social media, and cell phones; playing video games; or watching television keeps us from productive activities and valuable interactions with others.”
May You Have Courage, by Thomas S. Monson (President of the Church), April 2009 General Conference

“You have come to this earth at a glorious time. The opportunities before you are nearly limitless. Almost all of you live in comfortable homes, with loving families, adequate food, and sufficient clothing. In addition, most of you have access to amazing technological advances. You communicate through cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging, e-mailing, blogging, Facebook, and other such means. You listen to music on your iPods and MP3 players. This list, of course, represents but a few of the technologies which are available to you.
All of this is a little daunting to someone such as I, who grew up when radios were generally large floor models and when there were no televisions to speak of, let alone computers or cell phones. In fact, when I was your age, telephone lines were mostly shared. In our family, if we wanted to make a telephone call, we would have to pick up the phone and listen first to make certain no other family was using the line, for several families shared one line.
I could go on all night talking about the differences between my generation and yours. Suffice it to say that much has changed between the time I was your age and the present.
Although this is a remarkable period when opportunities abound, you also face challenges which are unique to this time. For instance, the very technological tools I have mentioned provide opportunities for the adversary to tempt you and to ensnare you in his web of deceit, thereby hoping to take possession of your destiny.”

April 2005 General Conference

Closing Remarks, by Gordon B. Hinckley (President of the Church 1995-2008), April 2005 General Conference

“Through the miracle—and it is a miracle—of modern technology, these proceedings have been broadcast worldwide. Ninety-five percent of the membership of the Church in all the world could have participatedPerfect Love Casteth Out Fear, by L. Tom Perry (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). October 2011 General Conference

“The Church is receiving more attention across the world than ever before. Members of the media write or talk about the Church every day, reporting on its many activities. Many of the most prominent news outlets in the United States regularly discuss the Church or its members. These discussions extend across the globe as well.
The Church also attracts attention on the Internet, which, as you know, has dramatically changed the way people share information. At all times of the day across the entire world, the Church and its teachings are being discussed on the Internet, on blogs and social networks, by people who have never written for a newspaper or a magazine. They are making videos and sharing them online. These are ordinary people—both members of our faith and of other faiths—who are talking about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

with us.”

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