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!
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