I wanted to share a favorite blog post of mine, Just Let Them Read Books by Jen Marten:
I whole-heartedly subscribe to the author’s approach to reading. All year, Leo’s teachers insisted that his reading abilities hovered around the second grade level (outside testing would later show they were almost 6th grade). Yet, at home, he was voraciously reading books years above this range. When I shared this with his teacher and reading specialist at various times during the school year, I received responses implying that while he might appear to be reading at this level, he couldn’t possibly be comprehending what he was reading. Leo is a child who never stops moving. He is easily bored and is in constant motion from sun-up til sun-down. How can a child this restless, this full of boundless energy, this easily bored, spend an hour staring at pages of a book that he does not comprehend? The answer is: he can’t. Who spends time reading what they don’t understand?
He’s reading Harry Potter because he can.
Just let them read books.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
~Charles W. Eliot
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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