I am just so very happy today; we have hit a major milestone in our homeschooling. My ten year old is reading! "What?" you might ask. "What's the big deal?" some might question. I'll tell ya why it's a big deal. 1G10 has had a lot of 'learning challenges' - from having speech problems early on, which has required therapy for years, to having visual perceptual and processing difficulties to finally being diagnosed with dyslexia a few months ago.
For the first time since we started homeschooling five years ago, we decided to take a summer break. I desperately needed time to regroup. The only requirement 1g10 has for the summer is to read Pilgrims Progress. Honestly, when I assigned it, I assumed that I would be doing most of the reading and that I would stop occasionally during her 6-pg a day requirement and let her read a paragraph or two.
Yesterday, I was working with her sisters so I told 1G10 to go try to read her first six pages. She walked to her bedroom like a lamb being led to the slaughter. Within ten minutes, she was back out saying that she was done. To be honest, I thought that at best, she had skimmed the six pages but I didn't have time to address it because I was still involved with reading with 2 & 3G6. Today, I had 1G10 sit on my bed and read her six pages while I worked on a Bible study. Again, within 10 minutes, she said she was done. This time I probed a little and she said that with the exception of a few names that she couldn't figure out , she'd read it.
Still not quite believing, I had her sit down next to me and read. And off she went....not a hesitation, no fumbling....just reading! I was SHOCKED. So shocked that I started crying, which of course, embarrassed her. I asked her when it all 'clicked' and she couldn't tell me. She doesn't fully grasp the magnitude of what she's accomplished. She has progressed at least 2 grade levels in reading in just the past few months! PRAISE THE LORD \o/
All those years of listening to other moms say "don't worry, it'll come eventually". Oh how I tried to really believe them but in truth, I worried myself sick about it. And here we are, nearly at grade level for reading and I really couldn't tell you when or how it happened.
Now if there's a magic formula for *spelling*, I'd love to hear it!
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