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
Confessions of a Former Literary Snob
by Janet LoSole
Some Thoughts about Late Reading
by Sandra Dodd
Key Words and Questions
by Michelle Barone
The Journey to Literacy
by Paula Sjogerman
Developing Reading Skills
by Marty Layne
Learning to Read by Backing Off
by Rebecca Tabersky
The Whens and Hows of Reading
by Cathy Earle
Lessons, Learning Centers, and Listening
by Heather Stokhaug
If You Read This, Does it Matter How?
by JJ Ross
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.
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."
Joyce does a fabulous job breaking down the questions parents have about learning to read, and then provides good insightful answers.
"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."
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.
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.
Seven key points identifying how starting academics too early leads to mislabeling or even damaging bright well-adjusted children.
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.
"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."
"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."
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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