One of the things I’ve noticed in the past couple of years is how easy it is to put things off, assuming that eventually a perfect moment will come.
For some reason, we’re convinced it’ll be easier to start exercising on January 1st or that once the kids are out of school, then we will have more time to read or that next month life will be a better time to invest in friendships.
(And every now and again, that’s true. If you’ve just had a new baby, it’s definitely going to be easier to meal plan or go for weekly date nights when you’re not getting woken up every ninety minutes).
But often, I think we just push things off to the future without realizing how much progress we could have made in that time we were waiting for the “perfect moment.”
Earlier this month, I started a multi-week weight lifting program.
I started it in the middle of the month – no special day, no special anything – and now here I am, nearly halfway through it and loving that I’m lifting heavier weights than I ever have in my life as my muscles get stronger. I could have waited until the beginning of a new month, but instead by the time April 1st rolls around, I’ll already have made so much progress instead of being at Day 1.
Every day of progress, no matter how small, adds up and suddenly you look back and think “I’m so glad I didn’t wait! Look how far I’ve come!”
This has been on my mind as we’ve prepped for our Finish Strong Savvy Reading sale this week.
It’s so easy to think “oh, we’ll just wait for summer.” But for most kids there are still 8-12 weeks left of school and the amount of progress you can make in that amount of time is enormous!
When Ani started doing the earliest iteration of Savvy Reading in late February of 1st grade, her teacher sent a note home after two weeks saying she was seeing improvement (she went from a 28 to a 44 on the testing scale they used) and by the end of the school year, thanks to her daily Savvy Reading session, she was well past her grade level instead of struggling to even meet the benchmark that she had been previously.
It was such a turn around for her and she finished the year feeling so confident and excited and went on to absolutely crush it in second grade.
Instead of ending the school year in the same place or slipping even more behind, her reading trajectory changed completely and summer became a time for her to make even more progress, instead of struggling to catch up.
From now until Thursday night, we’re running a Finish Strong sale on all Savvy Reading subscriptions – use the code FINISHSTRONG to get $25 off every month of your subscription (and if you have multiple readers, you can apply it to every one of their subscriptions!).
Savvy Reading classes are 25 minutes a day, four days a week (M-Th) with a live coach and you can do a small group (up to four readers) or individual classes.
We have classes for readers from pre-K through sixth grade reading levels, and it’s designed to be really fun and engaging.
One of the things we really focus on in Savvy Reading is making sure your child is in the right level for them – if it’s too easy, it’s boring. If it’s too challenging, it’s frustrating, so we work hard to make sure they’re in a class that provides the perfect balance of challenging enough to be interesting. You can take our free reading assessment here to see what level we’d place them at!
Here are some recent messages from Savvy Reading parents:
Our son recently took the NWEA tests and in reading he went from a score of 164 in the fall of 2021 to 191 here in the spring, which is a huge! Still below normal grade level mean of 202. I know he will get there! A huge thank you to Savvy!
She is enjoying Savvy a lot! We just got back one of her standardized reading tests and for the first time ever she was at grade level in every section! Even at the very top of grade level for one section. Even better she is really enjoying reading and actually has the patience to finish books she’s started which is incredible.
Since the beginning of the school year and being with Savvy, his reading has jumped ahead 5 levels!
Her reading has really taken off since starting Savvy. She could read CVC words before but now she can pretty much sound anything out! And more importantly, she’s so thrilled and loves her classes every day. That was really important to me, to not make reading a chore and I’m so thrilled with everything about Savvy Reading!
I can’t even express how happy I am right now. We first signed our daughter up for Savvy because she was really struggling with reading. She was always reluctant to read with us at home, and reading was never her strongest subject in school–and then the pandemic put her way behind. She tested well below grade level at the end of 2nd grade. With her going into 3rd grade, and knowing how crucial this year is to a child, how essential it is for them to read well in order to succeed in any subject, we were so worried. Savvy has been such a boon, lending her confidence and support, helping her to climb back up to grade level and then beyond. Now she’s a total bookworm, tearing through books faster than the librarian can put them into her hands. We couldn’t have seen this level of progression without Savvy Reading.
We just did her placement assessment and she’s reading at a 4th grade level. I’m so happy I’m literally in tears. She’s bouncing off the walls with pride–all her hard work is paying off! Sorry, that was long-winded, but I’m just so happy with her progress.
It’s been such a delight to see Savvy Reading help THOUSANDS of readers since we launched in 2020 – it’s truly the greatest honor to be a part of these readers reach their potential and see how incredible and smart they are!
This is a GREAT time to sign up for Savvy Reading and help your child finish the year feeling confident and excited about reading.
(P.S. We know that for some schedules, summer really is better and so we’ve opened up our summer sale early this week too. If you’d like to sign up and be ready to hit the ground running once school is out, this is the week to do it while we have our summer subscriptions available!)
If you have any questions about Savvy Reading, leave them in the comments and I’m happy to help!