When I was a kid, I seemed to pick up on academic milestones pretty quickly. I was reading before I entered kindergarten and it was always noted on my report cards that I could read very well. Good reports continued throughout my whole school career and it’s never been something I struggled with thankfully.
We’re all built differently though, so when my son started to struggle with reading, I was not really sure what to do to help him. It’s not something I had to deal with and while I knew it wasn’t always going to be an issue for him, I wanted to make sure that we were giving him his best shot.
It’s a funny combination of trying to push him to try just a little harder, become interested in something that he really didn’t have too much interest in, while not making him hate the whole thing at the same time. It’s not always easy, and sometimes I wonder if it’s harder because he’s in a French Immersion program, but over the past few months I’ve seen lots of progress.
There are a few things we’re doing at home to help improve both his ability to read and his love of reading. One day, I hope it’s no longer a struggle for him and instead turns to something he really loves to do even when he doesn’t have to.
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