Learning to read is such a huge milestone for our kids, but each one of them learns at a different rate. My girls were early on the learning to read road, but my oldest got held up along the way and taught me a very important lesson about parenting and teaching.
Eager to see her move on with reading, to be independent with it, I pushed her too hard, and ended up turning her off of reading for a time (thankfully she LOVES to read now, but that’s another story.)
But the lesson I learned with Kate, I was adamant not to repeat with my other three children.
For my oldest son (now 11), we waited until he was 7 1/2, after he had achieved success in his speech therapy and when he was ready – emotionally and developmentally – to begin the process of learning to read.
Within a year, he was reading at grade reading level.
From there, we worked on reading aloud from the McGuffey Readers, practicing to improve his articulation, his comprehension, and his confidence.
And for the last year, he’s been reading through Sonlight’s 1 year American History study (Core 3+4) with no problems at all. The only challenge I have is sometimes he gets so involved in a story he doesn’t want to do anything else but read!
It’s a good problem to have.
But the reason I share this is because I know Kate’s story and have seen the results of patience and gentle persistence with my older son, I have complete confidence that my younger son (now 8 1/2) will eventually learn to read. And I want to share that confidence with you, especially if you have a student who is struggling in their reading.
There is hope.
If you are patient, and diligent, and share the love of story with them, they will learn to read.
And that’s one of the beauties of homeschooling, we have the ability to wait, fill their minds with stories and language through audio books and reading aloud until the time comes where all the complexities of learning to read clicks for them, and it comes together.
Soon, you’ll have days like this (below), where all your child wants to do is read.