{Around Here} My budding reader

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This time last year, reading was a chore for Shelby. She loved stories, but she totally hated reading. My super smart, highly creative little girl was having trouble mastering the art of reading. She had a bad first grade experience and fell behind in reading. Once we moved her to a new school, she steadily made progress, but she was alway behind her classmates. Shelby doesn’t like to be wrong, so if she didn’t know the words, she’d just shut down. Enter her amazing 3rd grade teacher (Mrs. D) and everything changed. During the last nine months or so, Shelby has made more than a 300% improvement.

Now, our problem isn’t getting Shelby to read. It’s getting her to stop reading. In the mornings, it takes her forever to get ready, but that’s because she can’t put her book down. I’m so proud of our girl. And so grateful for awesome teachers who care deeply about kids, especially my kids. 

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2 Responses to {Around Here} My budding reader

  1. libbywilko says:

    How exciting for Shelby and you too. its such a wonderful thing to see that change isn’t it! similarly we have a reader now too and often have to stop him and explain there are some times when we do have to put that book down. Hope she continues to find a lifelong love of reading.

  2. KellyRae says:

    How fabulous that Shelby got a teacher like that! I come from a family of readers and have had the joy of helping a young one through a reading block. I laugh at my grown son who daily struggles with HIS daughter and how he has to fight to get her to put DOWN a book. When he was a boy he’d get so made at me when I’d find all his stashes … hello? I was the kid who’d read in the shower lol. There was no place I didn’t know to stash a book. And I learned to read very fast because a beloved aunt would gift me with 4 to 5 books at once for birthday, Christmas, and Easter – and I’d try to read them all the same day, taking them to bed with me with a flashlight. I HAD to read quickly because the flashlight would be taken away (my mom knew THAT trick from when SHE was young). Oh, the joy of a child loving to read. It makes me happy for you and Shelby.

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