Learning to Read

“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.

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2 Responses to Learning to Read

  1. David on December 1, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Interesting article, and Sue makes some very good points about the importance of exposure to text and a text-rich environment. I also think she’s right when she says that not all kids are ready to learn to read at the same age: some kids are ready when they’re 4, some are ready when they’re twice that age.

    All that being said, I do think that the reluctance of some kids to pick up a book is caused not by the fact that the aren’t yet ready, but by the fact that they have tried and tried and, and yet they simply cannot make sense of the process. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a long time – since I taught my own children to read over 10 years ago – and I’ve written an article about it, .

  2. David on December 1, 2009 at 6:05 am