My oldest is a struggling read, it's true. He has dyslexia. But he's also a reluctant reader. There IS a difference! Some struggling readers dislike books until they get the right access. Audiobooks can be a game changer, and they were for my son too! However, even with access, my little boy is also incredibly … Continue reading How a Bookworm Mom Parents a Reluctant Reader
Confession time: Yesterday was not a good day for me. I woke up grumpy and was grumpy all day. Yesterday, I HATED dyslexia.
Get lots of sleep. Eat a good breakfast. And be grumpy. It's that time of year! Standardized testing time. I have refused in year's past. Oh yes, you *can* refuse! Don't use the word "opt out." It's all in the wording. Truth be told, I'm not a big "test" fan. Can you tell? These things … Continue reading I’m in Standardized Testing Hell
College and career ready. Rigor. Test Scores. Proficient. Above Grade Level. Honors. As a 2017 mom, these words have been buzzing in my ear since my kid was in pre-k. "He better be reading by kindergarten or he'll be behind! Get him in pre-school! Get him in tutoring! Make sure he's well-rounded with sports or … Continue reading Can we chill with the “rigor” already?
I first watched Finding Nemo before I had kids. I understood the story for the most part but rewatching today as a dyslexia mom gave me a totally new perspective and appreciation of Marlin. My heart breaks for him. I cry for him. And I learn with him. Like Nemo can swim, my son can … Continue reading Embracing Nemo: Dyslexia and the lessons I learned from Marlin
If you don't follow the blog, you need to know that my son is severely dyslexic. In the past, he has become very frustrated at words even to the point of yelling in frustration: "I wish reading was NEVER invented!" So, when he found a series of books that he LOVED - it meant something. … Continue reading The Series That Turned My Son Into A Reader.
I've never had a neuro-typical reader, so I'm not sure how this works for other parents. It seems effortless! I see you in Barnes & Noble with your 5-year-old in the same section I am in with my 10-year-old .... Yeah. For me, it's not easy. Both of my kids have dyslexia to a degree (one mild, … Continue reading Taking the Plunge into Chapter Books with Struggling Readers