After they’d arrived back home, and had put Spencer to bed, Sandy sat with Ben who was preparing for Monday’s lessons at work. She broached his experiences in school first to learn more about how he struggled. Ben shared his difficulty with language. He said I thought you knew since I still have some weaknesses. Sandy honestly hadn’t put much thought to it; she’d just been helpful to her love. When Ben had shared without emotion about his own problems, she felt much more comfortable with sharing what she’d learned about Spencer. Sandy told Ben about her conversation with Spencer’s teacher. She asked him if he’d noticed the change in Spencer too?
Hannah shared the story of helping her mother with the plants and tried to draw an analogy to bound roots in language. She said the bound root in language cannot grow like the bound roots of a potted plant because it needs a prefix or a suffix. Potted plants roots need space and soil. Her tutor encouraged her to keep making such connections to learning from other parts of her life, as it helps her hang on to the meaning of new learning as well. Hannah was kind of inspired by this connection she had come up with.
Shawna understood in running what it meant to endure, to keep going, to be steadfast till the end. She just did not have same endurance in school. Her reading was slow, and laborious. It was a drudgery with seemingly no purpose. Just the opposite of her running. This conflict was difficult for Shawna to manage, she tried everything to bring her reading up to speed. But it was not like running where a change in pace or strategy could make a difference fairly quickly. All the things she tried seemed to make no real difference; this made Shawna furious and anxious about herself.
As the school year progressed, Denver became more and more dissatisfied with his performance on tests and homework. He wanted so for it to match his abilities with the times where he can show his skills hands-on. At one-point Denver decided there was something wrong with him, and he began to investigate the source of his difficulties. He started reading about reading differences, and one term kept being used to describe this problem. The word was dyslexia. Denver asked his parents about dyslexia, and they agreed it was not familiar to either of them.
When Helena now in second-grade, wears her hair in a pony with a large ribbon, and her favorite outfit for school. The school suggested that she might benefit from using colored overlays, as she was struggling with reading. Mom and Dad not knowing any better said yes. The overlays proved to be exciting for Helena and for a while she improved a little. But once it became routine her gains quickly disappeared.