Then there was that mix-up between the short vowels "e" and "i." But he's conquered that hurdle too. It's amazing. I can go crazy trying to beat a concept into his little head, and then one day, out of the blue, everything just clicks! (Note: I use the term "beat" loosely, as I have never utilized this tactic in my teaching methods ; )
Another area of difficulty for him last year was penmanship. This had to be his least favorite part of our school day. He hated working on his writing. HATED IT! He would draw pictures all day long, but make him write letters and it was like pulling teeth.
This year has been a different story. Thankfully! Since he's started cursive, he's been really interested in learning and writing new letters. It probably doesn't hurt that he's pretty good at it too. Here's a sample of one of his lessons. He's so excited for everyone to see his neat work, so if you see him, brag on him! : )