I really think Zoe is learning to read. Well, I know she is. It still might be a year before she knows enough words to read one of her books, but it's very exciting to see that she understands what the alphabet does. She had Cat in the Hat sitting next to her bed yesterday and she pointed to each letter and said "C A T is cat." and I showed her that H A T is hat. Later I asked her to tell Daddy what the words on the book said. She was a little reluctant but when Pete said 'what's this word?' she said "cat" and he asked 'what's this word?' and she said "hat". She likes to say what the letters sound like, too. So she will just randomly say "mom! the letter S says sssssssss!" "the letter R says rrrrrrrrrr!"
I also noticed yesterday that when she plays with her Handy Manny toys she counts in Spanish. Handy Manny is bilingual, but Pete pointed out that Phillipe [the phillips screwdriver] only speaks Spanish, and Constance said that Zoe speaks Spanish for them "out of respect."