The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster. We have been working to wrap up the kindergarten school year with my daughter. The year has been full of both victories and struggles. I have seen her catch on to some things quickly and other things have been an absolute battle! For Michaela, math has been easy. In fact, we still have three weeks left of kindergarten, but she has been done with her math books for a couple of weeks. She just decided to get it done and she did.
Reading has not been like that at all! It has been hard. It has involved tears. It has involved changing curriculum mid way through. It has involved a lot of work. Some small victories, and my daughter just not wanting to do it. She often complained that it is hard. We decided that she is right, it is hard. So we decided to reward her for trying her best to read (not reading correctly, but just reading with a good heart). We set up a sticker chart and rewarded her with a new book of her choice when she filled her chart. At first, this was effective to end the fighting. Gradually, it changed to my daughter looking forward to getting a sticker and counting down to her next book. I also slowed way down and repeated pages for months on end. All of a sudden, it seemed to be easier. Now she is actually reading. To see her face light up when she realized she just read an entire story without having to sound out words, was an amazing moment. It was probably the most satisfying moment I have ever had in regards to seeing work that we have done paying off.
My girl has learned so much this year and changed so much this year. That it really does blow my mind. It makes me feel like all of the crazy sacrifices to actually homeschool her has been worth the investment. I feel honored to have the opportunity to play such an integral part in her education.
Needless to say, this past week as I have prepared and helped plan her kindergarten graduation, I have been a bit of an emotional wreck! My baby is growing up! How is it possible? It feels like yesterday that she was born.
Congratulations to my sweet daughter. This is just the beginning and I am preparing my heart to enjoy the ride.
They grow up so very fast.