I usually have the patience of a saint, but when it comes to helping him with his reading and reading comprehension, I do believe that I’m getting ready to just drink the poison Kool-Aid and give up.
It’s so odd. He is excelling by leaps and bounds with his Math, but getting him to read and write is harder than launching the damn Space Shuttle.
He continues to do two things in particular that just drive me up a wall and frustrate the HELL outta me:
1) He is too lazy to attempt to sound out a word, so if he sees a word and he doesn’t instantly recognize it, he just looks at the first letter and then takes a wild guess.
So, “Schoolhouse”, might very well become “Seashells”, “Soccer”, or even “Sarah Michele Geller” by the time he’s done with it.
The worst part is that he just continues to plow through the sentence till he gets to the end, knowing that what he just read has made absolutely ZERO sense to him.
2) This one is PARTICULARLY annoying. He has apparently decided that he’d just rather not deal with the whole “punctuation” thing. He just chooses to ignore it. When he gets to the end of a line, he just inserts his own period there, and continues bright and new on the next line as the start of a new sentence.
beach. She saw many seagulls there.”
“Beach she saw many seagulls there.”
It’s painful to watch. After he reads the first sentence, he looks at me with a quizzical look like it didn’t make any sense to him. So, I stare at him, trying to use my Jedi Mind Powers on him to catch his mistake and fix it, but in the end, he without fail decides the best (and quickest) course of action is to just plow on, so he reads the next sentence and then finally looks at me and says “Daddy, I don’t get it”.
Folks, I have A LOT of patience when it comes to the wee-one, but watching him do this over and over each night just pushes me from 0 to Boiling in no time flat.
What should I do? (And don’t tell me to exchange him for a different kid. I tried that already and they won’t take him back. I lost the receipt.)