Friday Fun: Reading & Blogging8:38:00 PM
Lil Bit is almost 5. She turns 5 in December. Unfortunately, that means that she doesn't go to kindergarten for another year.
But she really, really wants to go to kindergarten.
And she really wants to read. She loves to pretend to read to her sisters. And since she loves to pretend and make up stories, it's actually pretty entertaining to listen to her read.
But apparently one of the "big" boys at her daycare...one of the kids in the afterschool program told her that she couldn't read. And she took it to heart. We were working on sounding out some words in a story a few days back and she told me "I can't read."
Then she told me about this boy who told her this.
I could tell that she had been hurt by the young man's words, and she was frustrated with the progress she was making.
Now, Lil Bit sees me read quite a bit. When my husband and I commute together, I read a book to him, and often we continue reading after we pick the kids up.
So I asked her if she thought I read well. The answer was yes. So I told her the truth....that I love to read, but when I was first learning it, I didn't like it. It was hard. But I kept working on it, and it got easier, and I realized one day that I loved it. So I encouraged her to keep trying, and we tried a couple of different techniques in reading.
And wouldn't you know it, by the end of the evening, she had a half-dozen sight words she didn't have before!
The parallels to this story & my experience in blogging is pretty strong. I'm struggling with feeling like I am not successful at blogging. (This is not a call for pity--just keeping it real). But I find that I love it, so I'm going to keep doing it, maybe trying some new things. And maybe by the end of the week...month...year...I'll have a few new successes I didn't have before!
I hope that your weekend is full of blessings.