I’m learning why I did not become a teacher like everyone else in my family. Despite my English degree and a Masters in Gifted Education, I never fully went the teaching route. As Mason gets older and requires help with her reading and writing skills, I realize that I was never cut out to be a teacher. I have no patience for it! Kudos to all you teachers out there that can patiently sit next to a student trying to read a word that is so obvious to you and seems so easy, yet the student keeps rattling off other words that don’t even come close to what’s in front of them! Oh my, it is so not my cup of tea. (I don’t even drink tea, so that may not be effective enough… It is so not my cookie!)
Mason and I have been working on rhyming words as a way to get her reading skills going. We have some great flashcards my mom (a teacher) got her, and we’ve been doing a few each day over breakfast, snack, sometimes dinner. She sees the main word on the front of the card and has to sound it out. We hide the picture so she has to try to read. (The girl has amazing reading comprehension, but the pictures often mess with her actual reading of words.) Once we know the main word, we come up with rhyming words. The back of the flashcard has a list of the rhymes, and I’ve been trying to get Mason to ‘read’ them as well. Today’s word was “spot.” When looking at “cot,” she said “cat.” I told her it has to rhyme with “spot.” So she sounded it out, but instead put a long “o” in it, so it sounded more like “coat.” I kept reminding her that we’re doing rhyming words, but she still didn’t get it. It took all my patience that had rebooted in me from a good night’s sleep not to go crazy in front of her.
I’m not sure how I’m going to do over the next several years as her learning kicks up a notch with homework and tests and such. Even with my education degree, I never learned how to actually teach someone a specific thing. I learned more general teaching ideas like differentiation and experience learning. This is all new to me, and I’m not doing great so far. I’m learning why it’s a good thing I sit at a desk in front of a computer all day instead of having other parents trust me with educating the “future” of our country!