Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Standing Ovation

Marie and the kids with their cousin Isaac Pritchett prior to his leaving last month to serve a LDS mission in the New Hampshire, Manchester Mission.

Reading skills for Sarah and Joel came easy and came early. Will has been another story. Reading has been a challenge for him. Part of his problem has been his impatience at taking time to sound out long words. He can do it, he just doesn't like to do it.  Last week we started reading the Book of Mormon again as a family. Will always starts out by reading the first verse. As recent as just a few months ago, his scripture reading skills required significant help and promptings from his mom or dad. Happily his second grade reading skills have made remarkable improvement over the past few months.

Tonight, without even a stammer, he sailed through this verse:  "And it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was exceedingly frightened, and also Lemuel and Sam. And they fled from before my presence; for they supposed it was Laban, and that he had slain me and had sought to take away their lives also" (1 Nephi 4: 28). 

Will didn't even flinch at "exceedingly frightened"! Wow! I immediately gave him a high five and then Joel, followed by Sarah and finally Mom (who has been a tireless reading coach) gave him a standing ovation. Will sat on the couch and smiled. Happy day.

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