For our very special girl, this is huge.
And now is filled with such a sense of accomplishment.
Reading is still a struggle for her.
And she remains well behind her peers.
But she’s reading. And she’s happy about it.
Seriously, I could just pop.
Today, when she got home from school, she ran in – book in hand – ready to read to me.
When she finished, I was so tickled at how well she was reading, I asked her if I could take a picture of her. And her book.
And she lit up.
Then, I asked her if she wanted me to take a video of her reading her book.
I’ll let you see for yourself.
P.S. If you’re reading this on Google Reader, you’ll have to click over to see 😉
Oh my gosh. That’s the cutest.
I know how huge this is! I am in the middle of taking my second son around to various and sundry specialists to see why at age 8, he’s still only reading at a kindergarten level, struggles so much, and the best strategy for helping him learn. He’s such a sweet boy. Seriously sweet! Yet he struggles with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. Like you, I think God knew that I would have to dig extra deep for this child of mine and I will tell you that He knit our hearts together the minute we locked eyes. I’ve cried many a tear for him out of sheer frustration of not being able to smooth out the bumps in his road. But I know that my child is more than a diagnosis, he’s more than a bunch of letters in the names of syndromes, he’s a child of God and loved not just by us but very dearly from above.
Great persistence Isabelle! Keep Phil. 4:13 in your heart sweet girl!
Way to go Isabelle!! You did such a great job, even reading while looking down from the top of the book! I have a hard time doing that when I’m reading to a class, but that was superb:)
Please tell your sweet girl that the author of that book (Joy Cowley) did not learn to read until she was older than the rest of the kids in her class… It was “The Story of Ping”(set in China) that made her a reader because the book was SO good she could not put it down! I had the privilege of hearing Joy speak years ago, when she told us her wonderful story of learning to read.
Jolene (Homespun Heritage) says
Aww! congrats sweetie! Good job on the hard work!
My 7 yr old learned to read about 6 months ago and I am so glad I help him off for so long and never pressured him…He learned when he was ready and the joy that brings us both is immeasurable!
What a smile! She looks so proud of herself.
Yay Isabelle! She will do great mom!
So cute! Great job reading! She has every reason to be proud.
Mrs. Baker says
that is so sweet!
Whoa! Way to go Isabelle!!!! That is one good reader you have on your hands! She looks so proud 🙂
Aww 🙂 I’m so happy for her!! Way to go, girl!!
Kim Swales says
Oh this made me smile SO BIG!!! Isabelle is simply shining with joy as she read this cute book to us. I love it. It is so rewarding to see our kids blossom. I’ve had a couple of late bloomers myself and seeing the blossom is even sweeter. Speaking of which do you know the book, Leo the late bloomer? It has been a fave at our house.
So sweet! I loved hearing her read!
So proud of you Isabelle! Reading can be so hard but you are doing it! Love, love, love your smile 🙂
WOOHOO ISABELLE!!! That was so good! And she was looking at it upside down! NICE!
Good Job Isabelle!
GREAT JOB ISABELLE!!! That is so exciting! Seriously, sweetest video I’ve ever seen.
shelley smith says
You go girl!!!! Reading upside down is not something everyone can do. Keep up the hard work you are doing great.
Okay…first, SO proud of Isabelle I just don’t even know what! Second, that was really outstanding reading!! Not only was she reading it upside down, but she was doing all the inflection as well. That says a LOT about how she is processing the words. That is just phenomenal!! What an amazing accomplishment!!! Bravo Isabelle! I know your mama and daddy are just so proud of you they can’t even put it into words! You are a SUPER STAR!!!!
angee :) says
that is the cutest thing i’ve seen in awhile. i sure needed that tonight to make me smile. 🙂
That is one sweet little reader. Congratulations Isabelle!!
HOORAH – I’m as proud of you as your family are!!
hugs – well done young lady!
aus and co.
janet, kevin, ted, philip, and elijah says
Wonderful, exciting news! Way to go, Isabelle!
janet and gang
High five to Isabella, you know the saying “all things are possible” with . . .!!! Loved seeing her achievement!
Way to go Isabella!!! Rest assured you are in the best of company!
Awesome! Just totally Awesome!
Precious! Learning to read is an ENORMOUS accomplishment. Congratulations, Isabelle, the whole world has just opened up to you!!! What fun you will have!
Laura Ruth says
Oh, that was DELIGHTFUL! I love the way she reads with so much emotion!
I lurk here on your blog, but I just had to post to say what an awesome video that was. Way to go, Isabelle!
Bless her little heart! Isabelle, that was wonderful! So sweet to see her read upside down just like a teacher. 🙂
That is so awesome!!! Something to be so proud of that is for sure!!
way to go isabelle…reading up side down is no small job and besides you are one smart cookie 🙂
Precious!! Yeah Isabella…way to go!!
Wow! This is one former reading teacher who is so proud of Isabelle! Keep it up, little one. You are on your way!
Ann Marie says
Yeah Isabelle…and Mom too!
Not only are you reading…you’re reading upside down!!
Way to go, Girly!!!!! <3
Oh sweet Lord. Her reading is beautiful!! Good job Isabelle!
Woo hoo Isabelle!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a huge step! So happy for you!!
Look how proud she is! That is just the cutest… Way to go Isabelle!
She is just precious! And absolutely beaming with pride in her new accomplishment! Congratulations to Isabelle on all her hard work and becoming a READER!!
Sophi Belle says
Congratulations to sweet Isabelle!!!!!!!!! She is simply adorable. <3
And come on! She is actually reading upside down! How awesome is that!!!!!! 😉
Anne Mills says
Oh my! What a fantastic video of Isabelle reading! It just made me feel all warm inside. You can feel her
pride right through the computer. I’m thrilled for her and her big accomplishment, onward and upward!
All the best,
Anne and Mike
I’m grinning from ear to ear. Well done Isabelle!
Wow. She didn’t just read that book, she read it with feeling — and upside down! She should be so proud of herself.
Kim Ortmeyer says
So, SO proud of her!
Wonderful! I can feel your pride from here! It is so good, to see children grow, despite their difficulties and challenges! God is so good in the big and the small things!
Trish Byce says
Fondly, I recall Mac Byce’s pictures with Isabelle in China. What wonders those first days have led your family to. Knowing (or not knowing) the challenges these girls might face was no impediment to the love felt from them and for them. Not with us now, sure Mac watches all these children grow up from above. Ming is entering 9th grade this year. She, too, has continued to struggle with language processing, reading and written communications. Better & better you will get ! Much love, bycegirls (twitter).