This past week, our little guy read his first nine-chapter book from start to finish! And while some may not think that this is a huge accomplishment, it is in our house.
Our son is currently in the second grade and he wants nothing more than to be able to read books with the same ease that his sister does, but this skill has proven a bit elusive for him. In this past year, we have learned that he is more of an auditory learner.
Now, our daughter learned to read very visually. She looked at words, studied them and her eyes rarely left the page. With our son, we have had a totally different experience. He can memorize his theater scripts in less than a day (and not just his role, but everyone’s role in the play), but sit him down with a book and his eyes don’t stay on the page. He guesses at words and seems to lack all focus.
Last spring, his school teachers shared with us his auditory cues. And this fall, we received a letter from the school that admitted him to a special reading program and gave us some clues on how to help him learn to read. Because he is auditory, he needs to hear language more than see it. This means that we need to read to him a lot, play words on CD and quickly correct words he guesses incorrectly because the more he hears the right word, the faster he will associate how it looks.
So, each week, our son sets his reading goal. This week, his goal is 130 minutes which is almost 20 minutes per day and he is doing well with reading to me, his Dad, his Sister and his Grandma.
It isn’t easy being auditory, but it was important to celebrate this first chapter book because we see improvements every day now that we better understand how to help him with these skills.