“I am sure my children learned to read by osmosis. I certainly didn’t teach them. It wasn’t for lack of materials, understand. I had phonics books and some anthologies accompanied by thick spiral bound teacher’s guides detailing ways to incorporate literature into science, math, and social studies. What I didn’t have was time enough to cram reading lessons into a day already crowded with play and exploration. Every evening after reading aloud I’d look over the reading curriculum materials, promising myself I’d get to them “next week”. That was four years ago I have yet to complete a lesson. In the meantime my children have learned to read. Total immersion in real-life-everyday-experiences and an environment rich in literature has taught them to make sense of the printed language.”
Continue reading the article Learning to Read by Sue Smith Heavenrich in the March-April 1997 issue of Home Education Magazine.