Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Reading Party for Goldilocks

What an amazing day we had today! Goldilocks has been struggling to learn to read for 2 years now.  Most of the time, it seemed like we were spinning our wheels and making no progress. We have switched reading programs FIVE times and tried all kinds of different games with very little improvement. Then today happened ... Goldilocks sat down for her lesson as usual and said she wanted her reading party today. I said that she had to finish the entire Storybook Treasury of Dick and Jane (1st grade) to have her reading party. She said she was going to finish that book today and have her party. Mind you, at the point when she sat down with me this morning, she had only previously read the first page of the 193 page book!!! Over the next 2 1/2 hours she read the entire book!! All 193 pages!! I would have never believed it was possible!!!  This is the child who can take 40 minutes to write three sentences in her copy work book and has spent the better part of the year screaming, hiding and crying about reading three pages in a Bob book. I switched her to Dick and Jane about a week ago. She seemed to like it more than other programs. Then I decided to start giving her hard-boiled eggs and kiwi each day (brain food) which is supposed to help with ADHD symptoms and improve a person's IQ. I can't say what happened differently today but AMEN!

This picture was taken when Goldilocks was on the last few pages. Kids were piled up everywhere to see her make it to being a READER!

Reading the last page!

Goldilocks with her book and certificate ....

Goldilocks had a confetti cake with strawberry frosting and a black sugar bunny in the corner!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Way to go, Goldilocks! Blessings to you, mom! I still remember the first book I read (it was about sharks) and it thrills me to this day!

    I love how you made a certificate and cake- a whole celebration! I think I might have to use that idea!

  2. Love the celebration!!! Way to go Katie!!!

    Can you tell me more about the brain food for ADHD? We are dealing with that here and I would love any suggestions that you might have for us to try!



  3. Woo hoo! Congratulations Goldilocks!

  4. Congratulations to her!!

  5. Hard boild eggs and kwiw to help them do better in school - I'd better go shopping!

    How neat that you made a cake celebrating Goldilocks accomplishment.


  6. Well done! Congratulations Goldilocks! Your perseverance paid off!

  7. What a fun way to celebrate her special moment!


  8. Thats so exciting! Isn't it such a great feeling when they make that milestone??!! Congradulations Katie!!