I have a love/hate relationship with my son and literacy. Yes, we can all agree reading and writing is a good thing. But helping teach your 5 year old son to do these things can be PAINFUL! I love that every day he comes home from school and wants to color pictures and write on them. He even took a little book we have about the North Pole and colored it page by page on construction paper and wanted to duplicate the words too. Super cute…right? No! Just because he recognizes letters, doesn’t mean he knows what they are saying. Or if 5 times a week, he wants to color a picture for my husband, he wants to write “I Love You Daddy” on it. Super sweet…right? No! Why do I say no to these? Because not once, not twice, but multiple times each day I have to spell and re-spell words. Then, if he messes up, we get to start All. Over. Again!
As a mother, I feel very guilty sometimes, because I get frustrated. I should support his thirst for knowledge and sit with him and go over it as many times as I can. But there are days, all I want to do is scream “I’VE SPELLED THIS FREAKING WORD FOR YOU 8 MILLION TIMES…WHY CAN’T YOU REMEMBER IT?!?!” Yeh…I know that’s not the right thing to do and those exact words don’t come out, but my moments are not always a shining example of what motherhood should be like. Just being honest!
So when my friend shared this article on Facebook, I read it word for word and thought I should apply it to my son and maybe he and I BOTH will learn more! So, I’m sharing it here, because I really need you to tell me I’m not the only one who goes a little batty when it comes to literacy and my kids!?!?! PLEASE! ANYONE? ANYONE? BUELLER!!!!
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