Kaia’s in third grade. Since midway through Kindergarten, we’d been told she had reading issues. I kind of had an idea that she did before that. But, I wanted to ignore it. It was too much to deal with. She’ll read when she’s ready, I told myself. It’s fine.
But, her teachers were pretty insistent something wasn’t right. Thank God they were. I wanted to ignore it. Bury my head in the sand.
We agreed to spend the $3,000 to get her tested. Turned out she has minor dyslexia.
I was crushed that my baby would never love to read. I was resigned to it.
The school suggested that she work with an educational therapist. At $75/session, twice a week, it was a big pill to swallow. But, there was no way she’d be able to keep up at school otherwise.
When you can’t read, you can’t do any of your other homework because you can’t read the instructions.
She’s at an academically challenging school. I pay a lot of money for her to go there. I concluded it would be stupid for me to spend big bucks to send her there and then not do what they tell me to do.
So, I sucked it up. That was midway through first grade. About 18 months ago.
Last week, Kaia excitedly read 12 pages of Jake Drake Know it All without a bit of cajoling just because she wanted to get to the end and find out what happened. Today, I got an email from Cindy Shortt, her ed therapist (who is totally awesome, btw!), letting me know Kaia doesn’t have to meet with her anymore.
Kaia not only can read, she’s beginning to really like it!
We’ve probably spent $15,000 helping Kaia learn to deal with her dyslexia. I’m so happy I didn’t let myself convince myself Kaia didn’t need this intervention and extra help. She did and it’s paid off. I’m so happy.