My youngest daughter went to a private school in Kindergarten, and unfortunately due to financial changes was put into a public school in first grade. I am not remarking against public school, but rather a certain teacher who in just a few short months, took away my daughter's love of reading. In a flash! This teacher was very strict and very uncaring and changed my sweet child into someone who hated school and reading. It doesn't take a lot to destroy the love of learning. She was failing in reading, something that never happened before. I was very upset with the situation and vowed to help her and put her into another school the next year. I knew that there was a great deal of invalidation happening in the classroom.
I started reading small books with her. I would read to her first. Then we would take turns reading to each other. I disregarded the teacher's homework and read the books I thought were appropriate for her. She started to respond to this and her want to read improved. We finished out the year reading the books that I chose and she repaired slowly but surely. My child was regaining her want and love to learn.
She went back into a private school that next September and thrived. There she was loved, and validated for her accomplishments! Today she is a preschool teacher/private tutor and loves to read and help children. She is a new mom of a baby girl, 6 months old. Both are thriving!
Moral of the story- Children are individuals, not all alike. With some extra TLC, some extra help, and some encouragement, all children can do amazing things! Being a teacher, and doing your job is good, but more often, thinking and acting outside of the box with extra care, helps get the job done the right way!
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