It wasn't our original plan.
Some say they are too young, and for a while I thought that may be true.
He is only 8 years old, after all.
However, he and I decided, together, that it is time he joins the adults in mapping out his education.
He is the one who must live this experience. As much as I want to, I can't do it for him.
With his 1 in 5 shirt proudly on display, he tells me he is happy to be the blue line. For one thing, blue is his favorite color, but he also knows that being that blue line makes him unique. Yes, dyslexia comes with its share of struggles. He has an IEP for reading and spelling. However, dyslexia also means he has an amazingly complex mind. He tells me he thinks in pictures, not words. School is not the place where he best shines, but he does, in fact, shine.
As we walk into the school, I can tell he is nervous. He worries about bigger books and harder papers.
We look up, and there is a familiar face! Ms G, his Wilson Reading teacher, is also joining the meeting! Joy spreads over his face! We are not in this alone.
Before I go on, you need to know something about Ms G. In our school, Wilson Reading is only offered via special education. That means Ms G works with the kids who are in the bottom 10th percentile in reading. Her students know they struggle. She is there to help. However, they learn so much more than how to read when they see Ms G. She knows that when you are in the bottom 10th percentile of anything, your ego takes a hit. So, Ms G likes to build it back up.
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