I’m thrilled this week to see that all of Grace’s hard work, plus a little help from me, has paid off. She is reading!! Learning to read has presented real challenges to Grace and finally at seven and a half the lights have come on and something has clicked!
I think Grace really suffered from the UK’s early age education system. She was in full-time school just a little over four and having reading books sent home to read from day one. Grace mastered phonics but had trouble remembering words. When we elected to withdraw her from school in summer 2007 her confidence was rock bottom. She would cry if a book was brought near her and refuse to try saying “I can’t do it, I’m stupid”
It took a long time to build her confidence up and over the past year we’ve tried numerous approaches. What finally triggered her reading (I think) was the good ol’ fashioned Dick and Jane books. She has lots more words to learn, but it’s such a thrill to see her eyes light up as she’s reading, knowing that she’s getting it right. Last night she spent a good hour reading her books to Jonathan. She feels proud and it’s good to see her exude with confidence. We had tears in our eyes. I am a very proud Mama.