A few months ago, we attended a birthday party for Flynn's friend. He is a sweet little guy who was also in Kindergarten. While Flynn is homeschooled, he attends Kindergarten in a small public school. When it came time to open the presents, her little friend carefully removed each and every card and clearly read each aloud. I was impressed and very happy for him! At the same time, a tiny little seed of doubt was planted in my mind. Flynn was nowhere near that place in her reading. Was I doing it wrong? Was I hindering her ability? But just as quickly, a complete sense of calm came over me. I reminded myself of something I had learned through those twenty years of parenting my four little blessings. And I cut out that seed of doubt before it ever had a chance to grow.
In my experience, children will do most things in their own time. Rolling over, crawling, walking, tying shoes, buttoning coats, reading words and then books. All I need to do is patiently present and demonstrate and sit back and watch them try. Then I can lend assistance and offer praise when necessary. No panicking or self doubt necessary. : )
Yesterday Flynn came to me with a book, one I had read to her many, many times. And guess what? She asked if she could read it to me. So we cuddled on the couch, and my little girl read. She read and giggled, and sounded out words. And then she read it again. And again at night to her family. And she did wonderfully. And best of all...she did it in her own time.