AHA! you caught that. You saw and read the same three words, ‘may’ ‘flowers’ ‘bring’, yet their message is different based on the order you read them in. Your picture varies with each sequence of words. Continue reading beyond these three words and the additional information you gather will help you adjust your picture so you might understand what the writer intended with those three words.
Imagine yourself a youngster who attends a good school, has a good teacher, parents and homelife, yet with reading the ‘good’ stops. You cannot fill the expectation that those black marks on the page – letter symbols you’ve learned the names of -- will translate to words you will say and know the same each day.
How frustrating. Something must be wrong. Sometimes, if these are isolated experiences that are the exception and not the rule, isolating a confusion or two about specific letters and sounds will fill a gap from a missed lesson or simple confusion.
However if enough factors as simple as described above exist and continue, difficulties growing out of this frustration will sorely test not only the student’s stamina, but all associated with her or him. Take the situation seriously. If you feel something is not right, many sources exist for you investigate to guide you in keeping a learning difference from becoming a learning disability.
Sue Hall’s book "Fish Don't Climb Trees" reminds us of the range of talents we bring to what we do. Imagine a monkey prize swimmer and that fish making her way up the trunk of that tree. She reminds us that limiting reading instruction to sounding out and memorizing is like expecting that fish to climb the tree.
Do not just ‘consider the possibility’, but ‘EMBRACE the possibility’ that by learning more about your child’s way of thinking and doing you can better celebrate your child’s talents, feed their passions, and work to cultivate their emotional as well as intellectual growth – in the end you will have raised an empowered and enthusiastic learner.
May April showers bring May flowers for you and yours.