You’ve heard it before, knowledge is power. When you are a kid, in particular, a blonde 6-year old, knowledge is confidence.
It was only four months ago that Harry was really fighting with his grade one experience. He was stressing himself out because he was not reading and writing as fast as HE thought he should be. His focus in class was not there. He was thinking of other things that were much more fun than work and he was not finishing the day’s tasks on time.
It’s pretty hard to watch a kid get buried in stress, anxiety and pressure. We knew the situation would fix itself, but not in a time frame that would reduce the sleepless nights Harry would have.
Harry’s teacher made us aware and also included Harry into an extra reading help group at school. Funny enough, as all this reading stress was building, I was contacted to try out Kumon. It was almost too perfect.
Between extra help at school and regular Kumon work, Harry started to love again. He started to love his books again like he has since he was not even old enough to hold them. He started to love school again. It was brilliant to see.
Fast forward to present day and Harry is killing it. His reading and writing is to the point where he is almost a little cocky about it.
Just the other day, I said to him that doing all that Kumon has made him a cool mon. He smiled and really liked that thought. He breezes through his daily workbooks with confidence. He no longer looks to us for approval. He just knows it and the ones he is not sure of, he figures it out and grins.
His progress reports are showing the same. He is climbing the charts and his teacher is pleased to see him get to where he should be.
I am not going to say Kumon did this fully. It was the rocket fuel Harry needed to blast off. He is now reading anything he can get his hands on. He is reading billboards. He is ready movie posters. He is reading TV commercial words. He is reading the speed at which dad drives at. Yep, can’t speed anymore without comments from the back seat.
It’s all very exciting. He carries books around. He keeps bookmarks for the next time. He is loving his new-found skill.
Lately we have been thinking the Kumon workbooks are getting too easy. But it’s the routine and daily work that is key for Harry. You have to keep that engine running. You have to keep it stocked with new challenges and I know the next level of Kumon will do that. You can’t skip steps right.
The added bonus of all of this. It has gotten Charlie really interested in the same things. Charlie always asks if he can do Kumon too. Last night he read the score off the TV screen during the Super Bowl. A genius? Maybe not, but I was surprised a 3-year old was reading anything off a screen.
We are the parents of two book lovers. There are books everywhere in our house. It’s hard to complain when you are tripping over them.
I always knew Harry would get into reading. He is too smart not to. But the stress he was piling on himself because it was not happening as fast as he wanted was hard to watch.
I am happy the extra help gave him that moment where it just clicked.
To me, Harry has always been a cool man. Now he is a cool mon.
Proud of you bud.
For those of you who don’t know, these posts are in exchange for trying out the Kumon program. My opinions are not only spelled correctly, but they have not been swayed or influenced.