It’s All in the Eye (Or Why Reading is So Hard for My Kid)

by Patrick on March 2, 2010

Illustration of PatrickWhat makes reading so hard for kids is a little muscle in the eye. It’s responsible for the fine motor skill that follows letters across a page.

The precision of this muscle that is required for reading is nearly as precise as what’s required for a surgeon to perform open-heart surgery.

It’s challenging. It’s also why kids get so tired when they read. It can even make your head hurt.

Let your child know that reading really boils down to that little tiny muscle. A muscle having nothing to do with your intelligence or capacity to learn. Like all muscles it requires daily workouts to be strong. (*Which, unfortunately for boys, it’s also a muscle that develops a few years later than it does in girls.)

Who knew that something so important could hang on a cluster of tissue about the size of a fingernail clipping!