Learning to Read: Celebrating Success!

Learning to read starts out as such a struggle, laborious and slow, but then there’s that first spot of victory, that spot where everything seems to click, where instead of laboring over a word, a sentence, a page in a single session, they are reading whole entire stories in a single session. Wow! It’s a sweet deal.

Well, guess what? Little E has hit that spot! And we are celebrating!


Little E with the readers she's finished

That’s right. She has now not only had success with the Bob Books, but now she has read the first five books in the Sing, Spell, Read, and Write series, and is quickly making her way through the 6th book.

And, she’s started reading other story books.

This is such a BIG deal for not only Little E, but every child on the road to learning to read.

It is so easy to grab hold of this success and push for further reading, but I have to caution myself from doing so. (Did that with K, and that was a mistake!)  Instead, I am celebrating with her and letting her set the pace for the next steps. 

Every victory on this learning to read journey needs to be celebrated. It is such a huge victory and a life changing accomplishment. Once they are solid readers, they can learn anything – anything they like. Every step towards that indepedence is to be treasured.

For now, Little E and I are joyously reading each new story in her readers, and talking about the chapter books she’ll be able to read when she is ready (she’s got a few picked out).  Such excitement! She’s so excited to be so close to reading the books she wants to be reading and join the ranks of independent readers.

Just had to share with you. :)

…One proud mommy (Shannon)

P.S. For those of you curious, we are careful to be sensitive to Z’s challenges,  emphasizing that Little E’s success is her own and that everyone  learns to read at their own pace, that Z has done other things faster than Little E. It’s so important for us, with varying abilities and talents, to not compare our children, but to celebrate their individual successes and while still encouraging the others.

P.S.S. And if you haven’t pick up on this before, I do not use Sing Spell Read and Write’s full program – just their readers, which we love because they make us smile :)

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5 Responses to Learning to Read: Celebrating Success!

  1. Frazzled Mom says:

    Way to go E! Way to go mommy too! We used those readers and enjoyed them so much! Such special memories you are making.

  2. bobbie says:

    Lisa S. and I were just talking about the Bob books after the blogging meeting tonight. My daughter is struggling with 100 easy lessons and she recommended I try these. Do you just go through and help her learn to read them or is there something else you do too?

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  4. Shannon says:

    Thanks Frazzled Mom! Little E will appreciate your cheering her on. You know she loves you and your boys!

  5. Shannon says:

    The Bob Books are fantastic little readers, but are not an answer in and of itself. I did not like 100 easy lessons or phonic pathways, the style just didn’t work for us. I have had a great deal of success with Reading Reflex, using some letter tiles that we have, and supplementing with starfall.com, other readers, some extra exercises that I’ve come up with, and a little bit of Click n’Kids. But also in waiting until they are ready developing – I can’t emphasize that enough. Reading English is so complex and we want our kids to read so badly as it is so life changing, but to me the most important thing is to build that love of story that desire to read, so that when all the skills come into place, they will take off and flourish with it.

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