So the flashcard thing was pretty impressive and all, but Alex raised the bar tonight by making it through a Level 1 reader in record time. We've literally only read through it a few times, but tonight he was especially motivated to work on the words he didn't know, and I ended up videotaping him because he was doing so well.
When I stopped taping and we watched the video together, his reaction when seeing himself read a "real book" was absolutely priceless. He grinned from ear to ear, practically bursting with pride, and said, "I'm just so excited that I can read." Then he hugged me tight and said, "Thanks for videotaping me reading, Mommy. But don't send the video to anyone else because then I won't be able to watch it anymore." I assured him that we could share it with other people and still be able to watch it whenever we wanted to. He liked that idea.
So without further ado, here is Alex reading "Thomas and the Jet Engine".