My Child Is Not A Struggling Reader

This post from Pernille Ripp at ‘Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension’ gets to the heart of why Deep Blue Readers don’t focus on the age of our book club kids, but on what kids are ready to read and what they choose to read. Are you a Stillwater area kid reading from the Middle Grades shelf? Then be a Deep Blue Reader with us!

She snuggles in next to me, holds up the book really high and looks at me expectantly, “Ready, mom?”  I nod and off we go, Thea trying to figure out what happened to Daniel Tiger and why he got so upset with his friends.  Every word is a thought. Every word is work.   She uses expression yet chops her way through.  Some words she completely misses, her legs moving, her body wiggling, and guesses fly out of her mouth because her eyes are not looking at the words but instead at the pictures.

Thea could be given a lot of labels.  The teacher voice in my head has a running monologue as she reads checking off the skills she still needs to conquer.  She is a reader that is behind where she should be after her first year in school according to the charts.  She is a kid that fights…

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