Monday, February 10
Reading in Bed...
With our schoolwork completed before lunch and the crockpot doing it's magic on dinner, Sugar Plum and I got cozy with our books in the big bed this afternoon. We quietly read our while the boys ran around the house playing together. I glanced up and saw this and had to take a photograph. Sugar Plum has been slow to read, but a few weeks ago, things really clicked for her. Father John and I can no longer resort to spelling things out because she can figure out what we are trying to hide! It is an exciting time and I feel like shouting to all the mamas and papas of struggling readers: "Don't give up! It will get easier! The real secret is not in a fancy curriculum or a special website. It is in good old fashioned practice, patience, and time!"*
*All last year, I was a basket case trying to get this child to read. I tried a thousand different books and websites and was not patient with her or myself. This school year, I just made it a priority to practice every single day and reminded myself frequently to take a chill pill!