I have mentioned before that my 8 year old has struggled with certain aspects of learning. He’s a very bright boy with tons of creativity, so it really surprised me when I began to notice he just wasn’t catching on as quickly as most of the other children, including his younger brother. It was difficult to come to terms with this as a mother, but I was determined to stick with it and find a way to get him over the “hump” and into a love of reading.
First of all, I slowed WAY down on his studies. I gave him about a month long break from the two subjects that were giving him the most trouble. This allowed him time to relax and gave me time to find resources. When we started back up, it was at a much slower pace. I took a week on concepts that were taking the other kids a day or so. I reviewed every chance I got, and I also gave him room to breathe and mull over the things he was learning.