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God has blessed me with three wonderful children, and one has graduated from college and is living in Chicago.
Picture of my oldest son, JP who is a professional dancer
My second born, Michele will be a senior in college in the fall.
My favorite picture of Michele
My youngest son, Luc will be a junior in high school next fall. Wow! In just two short years my husband and I will be empty nesters! I love all three of my children dearly. They have made me proud on numerous occasions and continue to do so.
Two pictures of Luc taken right before we left for his basketball game.
This morning I stepped outside my house to go pull weeds and to plant some flowers; much to my delight this is what some of my son’s friends adorned my front yard with.
Children that have a firm footing in literacy, have a much better path to academic success in high school, as well as college and career readiness. The connection is clear and compelling. Unfortunately, about 15% to 20% of the U.S. population has a specific reading disability called dyslexia, which is the major cause of reading failure in school.
If you suspect your child has dyslexia, talk with your doctor, your child’s teacher, or a reading specialist. The sooner a reading problem is addressed, the sooner your child can get the proper help.
Did you know in the United States, federal laws entitle kids with dyslexia to special help in public schools, such as specialized instruction, extra time for tests or homework, or help with taking notes?
Below are some of the common signs of dyslexia: If your child has difficulty with any of following, have him or her tested right away.
- ·pronouncing longer words
- ·learning the alphabet sequence, days of the week, colors, shapes, and numbers
- ·learning letter names and sounds
- ·learning to read and write his or her name
- ·learning to identify syllables (cow-boy in cowboy) and speech sounds (phonemes: b-a-t in bat) in words
- ·sounding out simple words
- ·reading and spelling words with the correct letter sequence (“top” versus “pot”)
- ·handwriting and fine-motor coordination
It’s important that the person who evaluates a child be properly trained and has experience with dyslexia. My daughter, Michele had difficulty with her speech. Her problem stemmed from being in distressed while giving birth to her. I took the necessary measures to get her help before entering first grade. She graduated from high school with high honors and will be a senior at Pepperdine University next year.
The best thing you can do for your child if you suspect he or she might have dyslexia is to get help right away. Delays in identifying kids with dyslexia can create a bigger reading problem and a drop in self-esteem. So it’s important to recognize symptoms early in elementary school and begin reading instruction right away.
Oh my! I can’t believe my youngest will be a junior in high school next year. I am so very proud of him. On Sunday, I reflected on what it means to be a mom. The one thing that kept coming to mind: My job as a mom is to prepare my children for success. It goes beyond showering them with material things. I literally took a check up from the neck up.
I realized that the one crucial thing you can do for your kids is to instill a love for reading in them. Did you know studies have shown if a child can’t read by the time he or she is in third grade, he or she will not graduate high school? How sad is that?
The good news: You do not have to have a PhD in reading to encourage a love for reading. Did you know that if your child is a poor reader, he or she will not do well in other subjects? This makes so much sense, because how can one read a textbook or other directions if he or she can’t decipher words?
He are a few simple things that I did with my children that had them excelling in school.
1. When you take your child to the library to borrow books, read the book with your child. Next help your child make a list of important words to know. Have a special notebook handy so your child can copy the words straight from the story. My children had a blast doing this. Another thing you can do is to have the child draw or find pictures from the internet that represent each new word.
2. Go over some basic grammatical rules. For example- Nouns and Verbs.
A noun is a word that names a person, place or thing. There are two types of nouns.
Proper nouns- They name place, person or thing. It is capitalized: Denver, California, Mark
Common nouns- They do not name a particular person, place or thing. It is not capitalized: money, boy, animal.
Finally help your child look for nouns in the story he or she is reading. There is so much you can do and it does not cost a bundle of money. Doing these simple activities will help your child develop great habits that can set him/ her for great success later on.
As mothers we go out of our ways to provide for our children. On Mother’s Day 2011, I am especially thankful that all three of my children are doing well. This to me is the best gift of all.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!
Here is a poem I wrote; I thought I would share it with you all.
A MOTHER’S WISH
Son, daughter I shall be to you
what the marrow is to your bones
I will nourish you with my love
for I wish you length of life.
Son ,daughter till you are
twenty and one I will pray
to God that day by day your
steps may he guide.
Son, daughter may in my absence
wisdom becomes your best friend
for common sense will keep
you out of harm’s way.
Son, daughter though sometimes
you will heed the advice of fools,
I know you will indeed find ways to succeed.
Son, daughter never, ever give up
for wherever life’s journey
takes you, I will remain by your side
forever and ever.
© Nicole Weaver 2009