Late Bloomer

Years ago when my older boys were little I read to them a book called Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus.  The story was darling.  It was about a little tiger named Leo who made his father very concerned because Leo was not reading, writing, or drawing.  Leo's mom wasn't concerned because she knew her son would do all those things in his own time and she was right he did.  Leo was just a late bloomer.  Speed forward to many years later and my little Addy my child number 4 is a late bloomer.  She walked later and when it came time to go to school she performed way behind her peers.  We have debated over the last two years whether or not to hold her back, but you know what Addy is starting to bloom and she is starting to catch up to her peers.  While it may have been easier to hold her back, I think it would have crushed her little spirit.  Addy is a hard worker and with help from her teacher and the specialist at school she is starting to thrive.  We also worked with her at home by working on her sight words, reading, and using Websites like .  What I like about their site is that they are for ages Pre K-5th grade and while their website is not free it is reasonably priced at 5 dollars a month or a lifetime fee of 160 dollars. If you add up all the money I have spent in the past on workbooks I have probably spent a good fortune. They cover not just one subject like reading but also cover writing, math, and science.  They have a great board of educators behind their site and listen to this you can actually print out the worksheet which I like because it means my children aren't sitting in front of a computer screen.  You can take the sheet with you anywhere and it allows me as a parent to pick and choose which worksheets I want my child to use to reinforce a learning a concept that my child needs help with.  My children actually think the worksheets are fun.  While I am all for letting children be children and play is a great way to learn and develop my Addy needed some extra help.  Most of the time she doesn't even realize she is doing extra work because I just print out a few sheets and pop them into my purse or church bag and then when She or her two sisters say I am bored when we are sitting in a doctors office or trying to be quiet through the church service then I just hand them a worksheet.  I also like that I can print for multiple age levels at a time and that the membership isn't based on just one child. This means I can print something for my 4-year-old or for my almost 8-year-old.  Easters coming up and I will probably pop a couple of the fun mazes from the sight into their Easter Baskets.  If you are like me and have a late bloomer in your life I highly recommend this website because I know you will find a way to help your child or grandchild with their educational activities.

you can also find free worksheets by following this link. This post was not paid and all opinions are strictly my own.


italiafinlandia said…
All the best to your child!
William Kendall said…
I was something of a late bloomer. Didn't say a word until I was four.
Unknown said…
You might consider testing her for a learning difference. There is a school in Georgia,, and they might be able to help you find a professional in your area. By law here in CA, all the parent has to do is to write to the elementary school and request that their student be tested. The school will hold a meeting with the parents. If you stay firm with your request, the school will p test her. My daughter is dyslexic and she went to Chartwell School,, here in Monterey, CA. It is a fantastic school and there was much more to learning than reading, writing, or math. It was the ability for the school to hone in on the specific area of her learning difference. The school did a fantastic job on the psychological part of learning and emphasized that students learn differently. She mainstreamed back for high school, took the harvest track in school, and was valedictorian. I would urge you to test your daughter and figure out if she has a learning difference or if she is truly a late bloomer. (If she has a learning difference and it is diagnosed than you can request extra time for high school and national tests like the SAT. Keep all documentation, all test scores, teacher notes, tutoring receipts because you will be required to show theses to College Board, etc. My best to you
You are addressing an interesting problem!Am glad for Addy that she is catching up with the others. I had a similar problem - at high school I had a horrible time, wasted two years by not being passed on, but became an A-student in college and after. Some kids just have a different learning pattern and do not well in the normal school system. It also can be hereditary. Two of my grands have similar problems in high school. Thank you for sharing this with All Seasons- hope this gives hope to some parents with their kids. Have a lovely week, Kelleyn!
Jeanna said…
I can see how diving into a clean new worksheet can be fun. That's a great resource, I hope people take advantage of it.
Su-sieee! Mac said…
You're a great mom! That's a wonderful way to help late bloomers.
Thanks for an informative post based on your own experiences, Kelleyn. Glad that Addy is thriving and the site sounds like a good one which may help others in a similar situation.
She has such a lovely smile.

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