She of course doesn't read every book this easily, the ones where she doesn't know two or more words per page go horribly as you can guess based on her fussing of my correction for "sailfish". But she is absolutely progressing and gets a lot of genuine praise when she does well.
Of course just like anything else we make our kids do, a reward or punishment system is necessary to help things along. With Cate a reward system normally works OK but it is even better if there is a punishment side to it as well. I stole my current homework reward system from our music therapist because it kind of hits both sides. You might have noticed the card stuck above Cate's spelling words in the previous homework posts with three smiley faces on it.
That is our reward card. Each smiley face represents 10 minutes of ipad time that Cate can earn doing her homework in a cooperative fashion. The punishment side comes in because as she shows non-cooperative behavior - saying "no" outright, whining "I don't know" or " I can't", or leaving her desk - I put a line through a smiley face. She knows that means she just lost ipad time and to her that is also a punishment. Having three smiley faces gives her 6 chances because unless the problem is serious I only put one line through a face at a time which knocks it down to 5 minutes. The second line 'x's out that smiley and she can't gain that time back. The three faces are loosely tied to the three parts of her homework but if she is really non compliant she can lose more than one smiley face in a single section. If she successfully completes a section of homework and is cooperative I will decorate a smiley face and she has 10 minutes of ipad time that she can't lose in a later section. We normally do spelling first then math then reading for this reason. The spelling almost always earns her 10 minutes then the math is the hardest and where she frequently loses some time then back to reading to finish on a good note. The night that I took these pictures she got 25 minutes of time - she lost 5 minutes in the math section for getting up to go potty and then playing around in the bathroom.
It is something that works for us for now. That is one of the lessons I've learned with Cate - my systems don't work forever. If I don't change them up once in a while they lose all effectiveness.