Now that school is finally over I have time to reflect on what my choices did to affect my childrens schooling. Due to sleep issues, I was always sleeping in, so my kids were always late. If it wasn't that they were sick, or I was sick and didn't want to take them. This led to not being on top of things and my 7-year-old is at reading level 4. So what does that mean? Well, take a look at this chart.
According to the chart my soon to be second grader is only reading at a transitional, Kindergarten/Grade 1 level. I'm very saddened by this. As someone who loves to read, and is impressed by my 15-year-olds love of books, I see this as a huge Mommy/parenting fail.
So where do I go from here? Do I give up and hope that he picks it up? No, I'm going forward. I have researched a lot of sites in the last couple of days, and of course, asked my son's teacher what reading level he was at on the last day of school so I knew where to start. Then I talked to my sister about what she has done to help her struggling reader. This led me to Starfall.
I had come across a few really good sites, however, they cost quite a bit. One I was willing to pay for was only good for teachers. The schools purchase the membership and the teachers can get in and utilize the reading/learning material. Then there is Starfall. It's free for a lot of it, but they do have things you can purchase for traditional "book learning" as well.
I have heard of Starfall before, but didn't quite get how to navigate the site. It really is easy, I think I thought. Okay, truth. I knew I thought I could just teach them myself. The reality is I'm not a teacher, I work and have other kids to attend to. Not only that, the other half is legally blind. The reading part of it, is hard for him to sit and do. This, would be on a bigger platform, and much easier to help him, help them. Also, they have an app!! Yes! Of course it costs money. But it is cheaper than most. The one I saw was for beginner reading and it was for $2.99. For a family on the go this is priceless. Or for a family whose child works best with an Ipad. I believe they have for android as well. As I only have a mac and an iphone, I don't pay much attention to that end.
So this is how my summer will be. At least part of it. To get my 7-year-old up five or six reading levels to be ready for grade 2. As well as helping my 4-year-old be prepared for Kindergarten in the fall.
I'll be sure to keep you all posted throughout the summer on the progression.