Thursday, February 10, 2011

Struggling Readers

If you have a child you struggles to read you know how frustrating it is on both ends. As her teacher also, I sometimes catch myself wondering if I am missing something. That is on a bad day when I struggle with my own discouragements of her having such difficulties. Usually, it is when she has a full melt down. I feel her tears and wish I could be in her shoes just for a short time so I can have a screaming, crying, full blown meltdown. Not all days are that severe and we have lots of good days that out weight all the many bad days. I appreciate the fact that I have been able to teach her. It has been such a joy to watch her learn things and when she accomplish things, I cry tears of joy for her.

Last night Bug, read two pages of her bible to Daddy. She just went and sat down by Daddy and said, "look Daddy I am going to read the bible to you."  It wasn't even school time. She was self motivating to want to read. That is a big step in itself. After wards she had me sit down so she could read it to me.

Last Saturday during Havadala service, the Rabbi's wife helped her read a paragraph out loud to a group of people. She did good, even with the sounding out of the Hebrew words. Granted, I think she has remembered a lot of the service that we attend weekly. She still had to decode a lot of the words. She asked if she could have a turn to read.

We have a long way to go for her to be where she needs to be. It feels good as her Mom, and teacher to see her motivated to want to read. I have used some wonderful programs to help her. I will share that in another post. I just wanted this post to be about her and what she has accomplished, not about what I have used. It has been a good week with her reading and tying her shoelaces. May the Lord bless you and keep you this day.


  1. Oh I SOOOO understand where you are at and all that your heart shares. We are there too and the smallest of achievements mean so much!
    Love Lusi x

  2. That is great to hear! As one who struggled with reading for a long, long time, I've got to say that she's doing great to be able to read out loud to people. Fantastic!



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