Reading has never been easy for my youngest son. I had a lot of complications during my pregnancy, and he was born prematurely. He could have had multiple major lifelong challenges, but thankfully he was only left with one – a learning disability.
Unfortunately, when you are 10-years-old, a learning disability can feel like the end of the world, and struggling to read can cause endless frustration for a child. The two things that we have been doing to boost his self-confidence is being supportive and finding unique ways for him to learn. One of the best places that I recently discovered that could help do that is at Storymakery at the Irvine Spectrum Center.
Storymakery has been open for awhile, and I was always afraid to bring my son in because of his learning disability, so I would always send one of our contributing writers in to share the details of the store. When I learned that you could have a one-on-one experience, and not a group setting where I feared he would feel like he would stand out, I decided to give it a try and make an appointment.
I scheduled our appointment on his school early release day. I took him to lunch at Brio at the Irvine Spectrum Center and then we went to Storymakery to see what it was all about. The minute that we walked into the store, the staff happily greeted my son and made him feel 100% comfortable learning in their environment.
They walked around the store with my son and explained to him that they were going to help him make his own book. They showed him samples and walked him through the entire process before getting started.
I had never seen my son as excited about literacy as he was when we were at Storymakery. The staff took their time to help him write his own story. They were very sensitive to his challenges with spelling and reading, and my son never felt different or that he struggled at all during the process.
I enjoyed watching him unleash his creativity to write his own story that he would dedicate to his best friend, his sister. Once he was done writing and designing his book with the Storymakery staff, he went to the back of the store to see them print a special poster for him to take home. His book would take a couple of days to print and he counted down the days until we would get to return to Storymakery to pick-up his book.
Storymakery is more than just a place for children to create a book, but it is a place that inspires children to love learning in a unique and fun way. When looking for something fun to do with your children, bring them to Storymakery where they will fall in love with learning and express their creativity unlike ever before. Storymakery is located at the Irvine Spectrum Center.