WHo Will Teach My Child to Read?ho

Sue Patterson | Sue's Blog

Sue shares how her 3 children learned to read - one at 4, one at 7, and one at 10. Find out what worked, what didn't, and how personalities factor in.

How Kai Learnt to Read
​  - A Story in Progress

Jo Isaac | Unbounded Ocean

Jo shares how her son learned to read at 8.5 but also gives some helpful tips to other unschooling parents who are waiting for it all to unfold. 



Overcoming spelling difficulties

Learning to Read
​and then Learning From Reading

JJ Ross | Cocking a Snook

JJ describes the unique reading path of her 14 year old son' - and how he even teaches her a few things he picked up along the way.



Dr. Gray writes about the various ways children learn to read, noting how even the most progressive teachers cannot implement any forms of natural learning in a school setting.

I Can Read, You Know!

Pam Laricchia | Living Joyfully

Pam's 9 year old rejected early readers, but enjoyed listening to audiobooks and family reading time. After a year and a half of not reading, the Harry Potter series captured her interest. Pam describes how she then went from not reading to "becoming a reader." 


If Life isn't divided into Subjects, How do Unschoolers Learn academics?

Joyce Fetteroll | Joyfully Rejoycing

Joyce does a fabulous job breaking down the questions parents have about learning to read, and then provides good insightful answers.

Science Proves Reading to Kids Really Does Improve Change Their Brains

Catherine Pearson | Huffington Post

"The MRIs revealed that children from more stimulating home reading environments had greater activity in the parts of the brain that help with narrative comprehension and visual imagery. Their brains showed greater activity in those key areas while they listened to stories."

Children Teach Themselves to Read

Peter Gray | Psychology Today

Dr. Gray interviewed several unschoolers about the concept of learning to read without formal instruction. He concludes:
​Seven Principles of Learning to Read Without Schooling

1. For non-schooled children there is no critical period or best age for learning to read.
2. Motivated children can go from apparent non-reading to fluent reading very quickly.
3. Attempts to push reading can backfire.
4. Children learn to read when reading becomes, to them, a means to some valued end or ends.
5. Reading, like many other skills, is learned socially through shared participation.
6. Some children become interested in writing before reading, and they learn to read as they learn to write.
7. There is no predictable "course" through which children learn to read.

​WRite About Their Experiences with Reading 

How I Learned to Read:
Four Unschooled Kids, Four Stories 

Jennifer McGrail | The Path Less Taken

Jen's children each took a different path to reading, each in very different ways. She identiifiies the one big similarity that is ultimately the one simple answer to the question, “But how will they learn to read?”:
When they’re immersed and involved and allowed to explore a world that’s rich with language and words and letters…… they just learn.


Sandra Dodd | Sandra Dodd website

Sandra has an awesome collection of blog links and articles about individual unschooling families' experiences with learning to read.

Why Sooner isn't better 


Seven key points identifying how starting academics too early leads to mislabeling or even damaging bright well-adjusted children. 

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to gain and Much to lose

Awesome PDF from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years. They concluded that Common Core reading requirements for kindergarten are inappropriate and not well-grounded in research. They address how children learn to read at various ages and should not be expected to read at a particular age.

Families Read with Innovative Ideas for Today's Digital Learners

Lisa Nielsen | The Innovative Educator

"Nearly 40% of parents say their child does not spend enough time reading for fun but when you take social media into account you realize that is simply not true. Today's digital learners are not only reading like never before, they are writing too - using social media. And that's a great thing. More and more research shows this is an effective  way to increase literacy among our youth."

The Baby Is Not "Getting Ready"

John Holt | The Natural Child Project

"But if he is allowed (as few children are) to continue to do it, to seek out in his own way and for his own reasons the meaning of written words, with only as much help as he may ask for; if this task which he has set himself isn't taken from him and replaced with a lot of fragmented and meaningless tasks invented by someone else and done on their command; if he is not convinced by adults (as many children are) that he is not able to do this task he has set for himself, to figure out what written words say, but must "get" reading from a teacher as a patient gets a shot from a doctor; if he is very lucky, and none of these bad things happen, he will be reading well in a short time, perhaps even in a matter of months."

Unschooling and Reading

Children Teach Themselves to Read

Joyce Fetteroll | Joyfully ReJoycing

For most unschooled kids the process of reading is gradual. They build up their own sight words and morphemes. They figure out some phonics. The process is unique to each child. They figure out what they need as they need it.

​Because of the structure, schools are limited to lecture and reading and practice. We assume schools are using the best methods. But they aren’t. They’re using what works for assembly line education. At home kids can learn in any way that appeals to them. They can listen, do, watch, ask questions. Anything.

The Winter 2015 issue of
The Homeschooler magazine was dedicated to
"Learning To Read."
Now all of the articles are available for FREE at
The Homeschooler Post.

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