How to teach your child to read in 550 non-easy steps
Sorry for the somewhat amusing title. There is a popular “Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons” that has a great following in the home-school community. Unfortunately for us, it does not relate to my son’s learning style. So, we paddled through it, hoping someday the “Easy” part would come along. Sadly it never did.
But, I learned something in the process. Learning is not always “easy”. Just because its not, doesn’t mean its still not necessary. I also learned if something isn’t working, then change it! And so I did. I found a visual reading program that utilizes video and books to teach reading. Its still not “easy” but its working, which is a huge relief!
I am also having to face a fact that my son is not like me with reading. Yes, he loves audio-books and being read to, but right now, reading to himself is not on his list of priorities. I have to be okay with that. It goes against everything in me. Shouldn’t he be reading on a 7th grade level by now, after all he’s almost 7 😉 I have to accept that he is his own unique person and as such, will learn at his own pace. I have to learn to nudge him, but not push him. To encourage but not badger. That is a hard tightrope to walk, but one I must learn. See, learning isn’t easy for mothers either!