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Sundays with Gage – Learning to read

Do you remember learning to read?  I sure don’t, although this isn’t really a huge surprise since I don’t have a lot of memories from my kindergarten years.  I don’t think it’s until I was in the third grade that I have a lot of real memories.

As a mom who loves to read I’ve been stressing out. Gage has known his letters since he was about 18 months and had a lot of sight words before Pre-K.  But reading? Not so much.  Even sounding out words is frustrating for him.  Memorizing words not a big problem but when you can’t sound them out and he has so many he can get easily confused.

Since kindergarten started he has made great strides.  Still a struggle, but not nearly as frustrating.  We were doing a workbook today and I realize just how many more words he knows and how he is finally understanding the process of sounding out a word.

When I went to the parent teacher conference they said he was at 1.5 level math (1st grade, 5th month) but in reading the test is a little different and he’s in the probable reader classification.  Kids on the spectrum can be just as smart as the next kid, but sometimes learning needs to be done in a different way and usually one on one.  I gave up Gage’s one on one tutoring over the summer and even that was only 2 hours a week for the previous year.  So, for now, I wait patiently.  And hope that there is such a thing as a reading gene and that it kicks in soon.  Yes, I realize that sounded less than patient.  I’m trying!

Reading to me tonight 🙂


November 20, 2016 - Posted by | Gage


  1. Hang in there. Reading is a tough skill especially for English. Our spelling is crazy. He will get there. And reading to him will get him there too. You’re doing a great job. Hugs 🤗!!!!!

    Comment by hmsgofita | November 20, 2016 | Reply

    • Thanks, Heather! It’s so frustrating. I am concerned about dyslexia, but his teachers don’t see anything that concerns them yet, so I wait.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 21, 2016 | Reply

  2. It sounds like Gage has made great progress. No worries. Happy Thanksgiving Stacy

    Comment by Diane | November 21, 2016 | Reply

  3. It will happen. Keep reading to him! When we would read to Vance he would ask us about certain words and taught himself to read without us knowing it. I’ve read that a good way to help kids learn to read is to run your finger under each word as you read a book to them.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | November 21, 2016 | Reply

    • I’ve been doing that for years. I feel like we’ve been stuck at this point in pre-reading for a long time and that’s what has me worrying. That and I’m a mom.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 21, 2016 | Reply

  4. Big hugs to you, Stacy. Mouse finds sounding out words stressful too, which makes homework time sometimes painful for all of us. She seems to be picking up math pretty easily, but the reading is slow going.

    Comment by Literary Feline | November 21, 2016 | Reply

    • I know I’m putting too much pressure on him. It’s why we gave up the one on one tutoring over the summer. Trying to take deep breaths. Thanks for the hug 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 21, 2016 | Reply

      • I was really hard on Mouse when it came to practice and homework at the beginning of the year. I’ve had to force myself to lighten up. I want so much for her to do well and succeed. She’d rather play and avoid homework at all costs. LOL It can be hard finding the right balance. I’m still trying. I think we need to take some of the pressure off ourselves too.

        Comment by Literary Feline | November 21, 2016

  5. Don’t worry too much, it will click and off he will go. Big hugs to you all and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | November 21, 2016 | Reply

  6. He will get there eventually and when he does, you will be running to the library all the time!
    my kindergarten memories are of getting in trouble for talking 🙂

    Comment by Jennygirl | November 27, 2016 | Reply

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