I’m teaching our youngest child to read. I’ve been doing this for so many years – it’s become a lifestyle. But this is my last time around.
I’ve taken it slower with our younger ones. Besides, who’s in a hurry? Not me – not THIS time.
The process of learning to read is nothing short of miraculous. My husband is amazed at the transformation of each child as they begin to read. Samuel (our youngest) is 6 now – and we’re almost there.
Our kids have begun to read anywhere between the ages of 3 and 7. They all eventually GET IT. I’m the one that’s been the slow learner in the bunch. I’ve learned … through the years … that they need time and I need patience. I’ve learned not to compare their progress with other “child prodigies” (regardless of how vocal their mother’s are) and to embrace the process by giving them my full time and attention during this surge of mental growth.
I don’t rush through reading lessons and mark them off my list…anymore. We find a comfortable place to sit together and go through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. And deep down – I hope it takes 100 lessons – although it never does. I want to savor this process – one last time. This isn’t merely about learning letters and sounds – it’s an opportune time for a mother and her child to learn and grow – together.
It only takes a basic understanding of the process, a solid curriculum to guide and …patience.
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