Topic | How much can I read to my high schooler

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  • Crystal
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    I know this is a really dumb question. Because I know the predominant answer will most likely be that I know my student and situation and need to decide for myself. However, any input and wisdom would be appreciated. My 9th grader has never developed a love for books (sad I know), and while he obediently reads what I assign him he has a very hard time narrating. I suspect this is because he speed reads his books. When I read aloud he can narrate well. I also have a 7th grade girl who likes to read. They share many of the same books and it just seems more enjoyable to read them together, plus my 9th grader is forced to slow down and listen. Currently we read together:

    Early Modern family and 7-9 selections

    Ourselves V1

    Finding Truth

    Literature

    Uncle Eric Govt/Econ books

    He reads independently:

    Physical Science

    America the Last Best Hope (I make him listen to the audio version amd follow long in the book just to slow him down)

    Government Textbook

    Bible (additional reading following our churchs weekly reading guide)

    Literature

    Is that enough? He is getting quite good at speed reading and scanning for end of chapter answers in his textbooks. I dont love that, but I figure it is a useful skill. I feel like he really only learns the material we do together. I have started being harder on him as far as expecting a nice oral narration from his independent literature, hoping to slow him down a bit. I just worry I am being too easy on him. I know he is doing less than some of his peers, but I also know less can be more. I am totally ill equipped to teach high school and worry I am messing the whole thing up. When I look at “plan your own curriculum” section on this site it seems so simple. I feel like I am following it. But then I feel it cant be enough. Sorry I rattled on so long, I tend to freak out about these things. Anyone have any input?

    alphabetika
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    I’m sure others will have wiser and more in-depth advice for you, but this part of your post grabs at my heart:

    “They share many of the same books and it just seems more enjoyable to read them together, plus my 9th grader is forced to slow down and listen. ”

    If all three of you are enjoying this format and your kids are learning well, that seems a good enough reason to keep at it, at least for this year. If you know your son is college-bound, then he will need to learn good independent reading and writing skills, but that doesn’t have to happen right this minute.

     

    Melanie32
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    He reads independently:

    Physical Science

    America the Last Best Hope (I make him listen to the audio version amd follow long in the book just to slow him down)

    Government Textbook

    Bible (additional reading following our churchs weekly reading guide)

    Literature

    The above looks like plenty to me! I’m assuming he also does his math fairly independently as well? If so, that makes 6 subjects that the does on his own. That is more than enough. You are definitely doing a lot with him but he is also doing a lot by himself and I think it all evens out.

    I think it’s wonderful that y’all enjoy doing so many readings together and I would enjoy every minute of it!

     

    Monica
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    I think it’s great that you are able to do that!  If the read-alouds you are doing get to be too much, audio books are a great resource.  All of my kids enjoy them, but esp. my kids who are auditory learners, which it sounds like your son may be.

    http://www.librivox.org is my go-to place for audio books.

    HollyS
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    My oldest two are 10th and 8th grades.  I read aloud things I want them to slow down and focus on.  If I had more time, I’d do more readings with them, but I feel stretched thin with my younger three added in to the mix.  I think what you listed sounds great!

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