So now it is April, I just got my daughters progress report, and she says she is able to read “D” books. In September, she was reading “D” books. What are “D” books? Its part of the leveled rating series Cambridge uses that progresses readers in a systematic way. Therefore, from September to April my daughter has made no progress. Of course, I began to investigate. Partly because she brought home “D” books and she read higher books at home. School it appears is not helping me in my struggle to make my daughter a reader.

Reading at home has sometimes become a struggle. Um, I wonder why? Could it be my determination? My daughter starts to read and then circles her finger around losing her place or does not remember simple words she had read a moment before. Why cannot she read that word she read a moment ago? Was she doing this to make me angry? No, tracking memorizing words and gaining confidence to read text that is more difficult is all part of the learning process. Oh, I sound so knowledgeable now, but working with my own child has been a challenge.