Sometimes doing homework with the boys could make for a very frustrating time. What makes it worthwhile are the ‘aha! moments’. I particularly love to do reading homework with the boys, partly due to my own penchant for reading.
Kenyan is a distracted reader, he would say a word that is not even remotely close to the actual word phonetically. Or worse yet, we would work for 5 minutes on a problem word until he was comfortable with it only for him to draw a blank when he sees the word on the next page.
When Kenyan comes across a word he doesn’t know, I would let him read the passage again slowly and try to say the word that he thinks makes sense in the context it is used. Sometimes while doing this, he would suddenly stop and go ‘ohhh….’ then read the sentence with the correct word. Looking at his eager, excited and proud face, makes it all worth it.
It really doesn’t take much for our kids to make us happy. Pity they don’t know this…