Conor has been reading up a storm lately. He hadn't really been too interested in trying to sound out words up to this point, but just in the past few weeks has been much more excited about practicing. Tim bought him a few sets of Bob books for Christmas and he really likes those. They spend 10-15 minutes every evening practicing reading them together. He can read all the first set of books from the beginner series by himself. Sometimes I know he is just memorizing or looking at the pictures ("Dot sat on the mat" he will read as "Dot sat on the carpet") but he has looked at books he's never seen and sounded out brand new words, too. He definitely has learned lots of "sight words" that he can recognize independent of the books, and is trying to sound out new words as well. He's made so much progress in just a few weeks!
Here he is reading - he was not interested in a "Take 2" without the Michigan game blaring from the radio.