I spent three years tutoring elementary students in reading. What an amazing experience. My first student was a young boy named Freddie. Week after week, he struggled to read, trailing his classmates. We worked intensively together. I let him read, then took a turn reading myself so that he could hear the words in a conversational tone.
One day he “got it.” He suddenly started reading with flow and rhythm. It was a delight to see the stars in his eyes.
We became quite close as we worked for 2 years together.