About nine months ago, Roark and I embarked on a journey that I consider to be pretty monumental. In the beginning, it felt like our quest was never going to end. Then about halfway through, our journey became increasingly difficult. I’m not going to lie. There were times he wanted to give up because it was too hard. There were times I wanted to walk away because I was bored out of my mind.
This mission we were on wasn’t really physically taxing as much as it was psychologically. It consisted of hours spent sitting at the school table, sounding out words and learning the rules of phonics, and finally after a lot of hard work from him and a good deal of patience from me, we eventually reached our goal.
Last week, the boy finally finished lesson number 100 in Teach Your Kid to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Let’s pause for a moment here because this warrants a minute of dancing. So go on, get up, and dance a jig on Roark’s behalf. We certainly did.
From the very start, Roark knew his reward for finishing his reading curriculum would be dinner at Chuck E. Cheese. Don’t get the wrong idea though. I don’t bribe my children with every school related accomplishment, but I think learning to read is a pretty big deal and worth celebrating. Plus reading is hard, and every little bit of motivation helps.
For the past nine months, Roark has been working towards this moment… Continue Reading…