Big Day for the 8yo - Parental Brag Alert

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:


  1. Congrats! I can still remember the day my youngest read her first book quietly to herself. She didn't think we could hear her reading under her breath.

    This is great - it will open up a whole new world for him!

  2. Awesome! It's great to see our kids make milestones in their lives.

  3. Nicola! I know exactly what you're talking about. My eight-year-old son read "Diary of Wimpy Kid" by himself - in several sittings! I was so impressed! He's currently (but slowly) working his way through the next book in the series: "Roderick Rules."

    I especially loved it when he sits on the arm of my recliner with both of our noses in our books!

    Enjoy each moment!
    Jill =)

  4. It's a big leap to reading in your head. Thanks for writing this feel good post.

  5. Oh wow...this just brought tears to my eyes! It's just the most incredible feeling to see your little ones work to conquer those things that don't come easily to them, isn't it? How exciting!

  6. Congratulations! That is wonderful! And that book is one of the first ones my older daughter read on her own, too. It is such a good feeling to see them enjoying books and feeling proud about reading. yay!

  7. Oh...that's awesome!! Congrats to him!

  8. That's so awesome. It took me a longer time than normal to read as well. I had Dyslexia and had to go through 1st grade twice. However, once I caught on, there was no stopping me. I have been addicted to books ever since.

    They say that Dyslexia is a perminent learning diabilitiy and though you can learn, it is always there. I'm not sure I agree with that. I was a straight "A" student all through high school and university, with no assistance. Although, my spelling is pretty weak. Thank goodness for spell check, I don't know how I ever lived without it. LOL!

  9. Thanks to everyone for their comments!

    Teddy Rose, thankfully ds does not have Dyslexia. He was a late talker (didn't speak a real word till 4yo) and just seems to be taking all the big steps at his own pace.

    On the other hand my oldest was very advanced as a youngster. Started reading at 3 and was into short chapter books by age 4.

    It has been quite the experience for me teaching the two, one at each end of the learning spectrum.


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