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Biddy Kehoe

Laura.....it is only October of Charlie's Kindergarten year! Try to relax. Expecting children to read in K is something pretty recent and it is something I find somewhat troubling. In the grand scheme of things, there have always been kids who take a while to "get" it. Some are just not ready ( and I do not mean they have not been exposed to so called "Reading Readiness").....I think that there is some other maturation process involved. I have seen a few of my grands friends really struggle in K and who felt like failures which made me very sad. Am happy to report that they were reading fluently by 2nd grade. A child can be extraordingly bright but still take a while to climb the reading mountain. I do understand that Charlie has has huge difficulties to overcome BUT look at what he has accomplished...totally amazing really. Give him time and take it easy yourself. Cormac could not write his name at the end of K and had to use lacing cards before 1st Grade! His writing is still godawful! Wonderful to see the Science quiz....he aced that and look at the concepts involved. I am very impressed! Hugs


But is there any child more loved and loving than Charlie? We just have to believe that he will be fine. Remember the little wagon he used to pull around with all his books piled in it? That is one of my best memories of his first two years.

When I taught school in the dark ages, Kindergarten was just a time to learn to play with others and colors and numbers. I agree with Biddy.....maybe it is too much, too soon.

I had lots of kids in 4th grade whom I was told had read at age 4....well, by 4th grade, everyone had caught up to these geniuses!



Laura, my mother is a certified reading specialist with a PhD in early childhood education. If you'd like to talk to someone who can put your mind at ease about Charlie's situation, I would recommend a phone call and a consultation with her. That said, he's only in Kindergarten. Once upon a time, children were not expected to read in Kindergarten, and I don't think you should expect Charlie to read in Kindergarten either. Most children usually start to grasp reading in the 1st grade, and then massive progress in the 2nd grade. He's got time. My recommendation (from years of being around my mother) is simple: Read to him. Every day. Every night. Non-stop. Check out stacks and stacks of books from the library and just keep reading to him. Every child progresses at a different rate. Although my son could read early, he had such poor fine motor skills that he couldn't tie his shoes properly until he was in the 5th grade. Yes, that's right. He was 10. Every child has strengths and weaknesses. Not every child will be good at the same thing. He is five years old. Cut him (and yourself) some slack. Keep reading to him constantly. Stories every single night. This is one of the best read-aloud lists I have ever seen: http://www.stephaniehowell.com/my_weblog/2013/11/read-aloud-recommendations-a-compilation-.html He will be fine!


Saw this and thought of you: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/13/report-requiring-kindergartners-to-read-as-common-core-does-may-harm-some/?tid=sm_fb

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