“It is a journey not a race” was the message delivered to the parents at my sons’ back to school night. It made me smile as this is one of my fundamental beliefs and a cornerstone of Little Scholars’ philosophy. Every child learns at a different pace. Some children excel at sports before their peers while the same child struggling to score a goal is reading a year or more ahead of his classmates. It is important that the child who outshines his peers on the soccer field understands the concepts of the game and how to play the game. Just as it is for the five year old who is reading “Harry Potter” comprehends the story as well as the phonetic rules of decoding a word so he can be a successful speller.
What is the goal at the end of your child’s journey this year? Do you want him to be reading at a comfortable level? Writing his name? Recognizing the letters of the alphabet? Writing a creative journal entry? Increasing his confidence in school? It is important he have the appropriate map for his journey. Make sure you have given him the tools necessary to achieve in his adventure.
The tools necessary differ from child to child. You must start by knowing where your child is consistently functioning. Is he reading at a 1st grade level? Is she able to read the letters of her name? Decide a realistic goal for the end of the year. For example, I want him reading at a 2nd grade level and all 250 sight words or I want him to recognize all the letters of the alphabet. Then make a map with benchmarks for each stage and build upon those benchmarks. With the appropriate map, your child will be able to have a successful journey with limited roadblocks and wrong turns.
All my best in your child’s journey this year!