I now realize there were many signs I missed as our bright, funny, clever daughter moved through the first five years of her life. I loved watching her play. She was doing 100 piece puzzles at the age of three. How clever is that? She loved to draw, but she rejected doing coloring books. We wanted to expand her drawing ability and we were more than happy to put the coloring books out of the picture. She loved animals of any kind and her menagerie of stuffed animals was significant because everyone in the family knew of her passion. Those animals put her on a career path that remains a reality to this day.
All seemed normal. She was bright, athletic, artistic, creative and out-going.
She loved to be read to and this was our special time together before bedtime. She listened intently, but had no interest in following the words. Our son, three years older, was already reading words before K started. This made sense to us because we read with him every day. By the age of four, our daughter still had no interest in reading the words. We thought it was because she loved to draw things. She made up her own books with all pictures and would read those to us.
What we did miss started a direct path to disaster by 4th grade.Continue reading “I Watched But Did Not See | Part 1”