I am thrilled to report we finally completed all 100 lessons of JR’s reading lesson book, “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.”  At times, it was monotonous and boring, other times were repititious, and yet other times were exciting.  It has been a wonderful experience for JR as a a student, and me as a teacher.  JR has dealt with important life lessons such as stick-to-it ‘iveness (is that a word?), attitude control, persistance, consequences for poor performance, and reward for hard work.  I have learned patience, to use daily consistency as a tool in teaching, and flexibility in assignments and situations.  (I still need to improve on daily lessons though, or we may have some difficulties completing everything next year!) It was a great preparation for our first official textbook-year, which will begin in the next 2 weeks. 

When we reported the great news to S last night, he was so thrilled, he decided on an impromptu ice-cream treat to celebrate.  There was just one problem, this decision was made while driving to teach a class at church.  That meant our little ice cream celebration had to take place AFTER the class.  So, there we were, sitting in Applebees (close to the church and $1.99 ice cream shooters) with 4 tired children, at 9 pm.  All that didn’t matter to JR, though.  He was so excited to have this little unexpected party, and he willingly gobbled up every bite! 

Nothing, however–not even the mile-high ice-cream mud pie I had last night–compared to the treat I received this morning.  You see I had told JR that he wouldn’t have to do any lessons for the rest of the week if he finished his book.  Yet, after breakfast this morning, I walked into our office and discovered this:


A kodak moment if there ever was one!  M had actually pulled the Bob Books box off the shelf and was looking through them.  JR decided to read her a story.  I don’t know if he got all the words right, but, honestly, who cares?  How priceless to see that maybe, just maybe, JR has finally learned to find fun and enjoyment in reading.