Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reading...Where to Start?

Reading is one subject I haven't quite figured out yet. First Son has been reading for months. Once we finished our lessons, I stopped sitting next to him and listening to him read on a consistent basis. Not that we didn't listen to him read, but we didn't make a point of listening to him read. So I stopped recording his books. I know his skills have improved but I'm afraid I'm still not familiar enough with the reading levels of various good books to branch out too much, so I think we're going to start about where we left off. He'll read The Frog and Toad Treasury and then some of the other Arnold Lobel books we have. I think I'll also pull out Hot Fudge Hero for him.

I am pretty sure he could read quite a few longer chapter books already, but he's definitely not interested if it doesn't have an ample supply of illustrations. I'll be trying out some of the books on Brandy's list for E. as we go along and may ask advice of some mothers in my homeschool group for quality books that will nurture his soul as well as help develop his reading skills. (Extra points if it can nurture my soul, too.)

I know it seems like I haven't put a lot of thought into what books he'll be reading to me, but the truth is I've thought a lot about it without reaching any great conclusions. I think I need to listen to him read (and really focus on his reading) and then see where that takes us in terms of skill level. We also have a very large collection of books here in the house that he can read to me, so we will not suffer for lack of something to read.


  1. You have a lovely family, and I'm sure you are a great homeschool mom! I was amazed at how fast my kids (they are all grown now) went through almost all the books in the house - the library was a great backup resource -- although it meant a trip into town.

  2. Tracy, thanks for stopping by.

    We frequent two libraries, but the larger one is indeed quite a trip away. I request a bunch of books and stop by once a week to pick them up. Kansas Dad will often do the library run for us during the school year, as he is already in town for work. I am always trying to build our own library, too, but I admit that's as much for my benefit as for the kids. I love books!

  3. Well, you certainly can't go wrong with Arnold Lobel! :)

    If you can find some good illustrated editions of Thornton Burgess (might I suggest Michael Hague's edition of Old Mother West Wind), that might work. Hmmm...what else? Oh! I know! A new favorite of ours: James Herriot's Treasury for Children. The one we have is SO beautiful. Biographies by the D'Aulaires are very colorful, too, and definitely a level or two "up" from Lobel.

    You'll do great. Once they have the fundamentals down, it is the great works of great authors that compel them to learn to read better, not the teacher. ;)


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