Tuesday, February 25, 2014


This is our fourth child.
She's done some pretty exciting things recently.
Things which have nothing whatsoever to do with Dr. Who.

Snapped by another mom at our home school co-op last week.
Dr. Who fans will understand.
This particular child has really struggled with reading.  Though not dim in the least, she has always done things on her own timetable.  Being a relaxed home schooling type, I continued to encourage her and we worked and worked and worked at it.  She has been making progress, but things were still moving at a snail's pace.

For Christmas, I got her the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

If you have an early reader, 
ready for chapter books but intimidated by the idea of chapters, 
these are a must read.

The stories are funny and the pictures are fantastic. 
For two months we worked on those books; I say worked, but it was the least amount of work that she ever had to put into reading.  She loved it, she couldn't wait to read more.  If I suggested two chapters, she'd read three.  She never felt frustrated or embarrassed.  She never cried.  In fact, she looked forward to our reading time.  It felt mildly dream-like.

We went to the library this afternoon.  
She found a short chapter book she had been wanting to read.
All on her own . . . in about 30 minutes.
I'm telling you, exciting things are happening around here!

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