I just have to mark the milestone today in my 8yo's life. Today for the very first time he read a book quietly to himself. Both dh and I were in the living room with him and as he lay on the couch we could just barely hear him reading under his breath. He came over and asked me what a word was once.
He has struggled with reading. It's been a long, slow road for him and he is doing well with his school readers and Level 1 easy readers but always reading and sounding out aloud to us, needing encouragement as he goes. It is a slow and steady process for him.
But to see him reading to himself today made mum and dad very proud and when he was finished and looked up at us you could just see how proud he was of himself! He really, truly does believe he can read today!
This is the book that he took the leap with: