Before Kindergarten, I was focused on Olivia learning all of the sight words. We played quiz games, we matched the flash cards, we practiced – and eventually, she hated it.
She cut up the cards and I learned a lesson. I learned that instead of pushing, she was going to do things at her own pace. Tiger Mom I was not meant to be, I let it be, and let her go. It wasn’t in the cards for me to teach her to read. Instead, she was going to learn to read from someone who was going to nag her less.
Every day she came home from Kindergarten learning something new every single day, always amazing me, and leaving me in awe of her Kindergarten teacher and staff.
A snow day in May is when it all came together, it clicked.
As we were going through our home library of books, choosing something to read on a snow day, she grabbed one of the step into reading books and told me that she was going to take a turn to read. She opened the book and started to read, identifying all of the sight words and slowly but surely sounding out the other words in the book, and I realized that we’re here, it clicked.
Throughout the book her face went back and forth between scrunched up thinking about sounding out each of the letters in the word, to gaining more confidence, reading through it and sheer pride when we reached the last page.
That my friends, is one of those magical moments in parenting.