Welcome to my first blog for Seacoast Reading Solutions! I am so glad you are taking the time to read my blog. My goal for this blog is to share my knowledge and expertise about reading and writing to help busy parents, homeschooling parents, and classroom teachers help the children in their lives. You can read more about me, my experience and services on my pages, but I know that as a mother I worry about my children as they learn to read and grow in their literacy development. So I want to share a little bit about my parenting journey.
When my son was little I loved listening to him learn to talk, listening to his vocabulary grow, playing rhyming games in the car with him, and reading, reading, reading to him. He had a wonderful Kindergarten teacher and first grade teacher. At some point in first grade reading just “clicked” for him. He progressed from reading Biscuit books to Dr. Seuss, Henry and Mudge and by the end of first grade was reading beginning chapter books. Now, as a second grader, he is reading on a 4th grade level. Of course the journey hasn’t been perfect or it isn’t a struggle at times to get him to do his homework, nor does he particularly like writing, but he still loves to be read to and loves reading books about dinosaurs, fossils, and paleontologists.
I also have two step-sons who have lived with me for almost a year. The youngest is in first grade (for the second time.) I know there is a lot of negativity around the idea of retention, but for us and for him it was the best decision we could have made. He is now, for the first time, reading on grade level. He also has a great first grade teacher. He LOVES reading books and last night was found with a flashlight and books under his covers. The oldest is a struggling reader and has a lot of frustration around reading and writing. He is reading several grade levels behind and we are in the process of advocating for him to get what he needs to prepare him for middle school.
So, I want to write this blog for you as parents. I know how much we all want our children to succeed academically and do well in school. I know firsthand how frustrating it can be when our children are having issues in school. I believe that parents are their children’s best teacher. This blog is for ALL parents – homeschooling parents, public school parents and will have topics of interest for educators. Some of the topics I am planning in the next few weeks are helping children choose “just right” books, the importance of reading aloud to children of ALL ages, phonemic awareness — what is it and why is it important, how to help your child with comprehension and build fluency. If there is a topic that you would like to see please let me know by visiting my contact page. Don’t forget to check out my Facebook link at https://www.facebook.com/seacoastreading.