Just have to share....when DH went to pick up DD from school yesterday, he was 5 mins early and the teacher beckoned him into the classroom.
There was DD, reading that day's story book to the whole class!! It was a book she knew, and she apparently asked the teacher if she could read it and to the teachers’s credit she said yes!
DD sat reading the story, doing different voices for the characters and holding up the pictures to her classmates, who were laughing at the funny bits. The TA quietly said to DH that in all her years of teaching she had never heard a Year 1 child read with such fluency and expression.
DD walked home on air.
This is fantastic, a real sign that her inner confidence is growing (so different from her 'bravado') as she asked to do it. And so good for her self-esteem - she has something she knows she does well, and enjoys it! Very proud of her as she does struggle with ongoing oppositional/control/self-esteem issues. Such a boost to her.
(Also the other day DD got pushed over at school, and she cried. The teacher did a little thumbs up sign to me over DD's head when she told me later - i.e. she knew that it was brilliant DD had actually shown emotion and vulnerability. It was the first time she'd seen her cry. Not often you celebrate your child crying….!)
That is amazing, I think any mum would be amazed to see her five year old reading so fluently and confidently. Wow you must be working really hard and obviously doing a superb job!! Congratulation to you all !
Mum to DD Lapwing (13) & DS Peewit (12) Married to Mr Mudlark
Ah thank you. It's really buoyed her up. Reading is her 'thing' that she can do, she has always loved stories and reading - but it is the asking to do it in front of others that is so amazing to me! Extra special when I know how much she can struggle to keep it together at school....
I am really impressed with your fantastic parenting! Being able to distinguish between intter confidence and bravado, and celebrating your DD crying! I can remember how significant we found it when Mackerel really cried for the first time, about 4 years into the placement.
You must be doing a great job!
I have 1 wife, Kermit, and 7 kids. 3 of them - Mackerel, Fairy Basslet & Sprat - are adopted