Topic | Ind. Reading vs. Family Style

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  • Kristen
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    My dd9 just recently took off with her reading. Yay! ☺️ She has been going through longer chapter books one after another. They say reading level 2, but I know my kids at 2nd grade wouldn’t have read these. They are about 65 pages, mostly words with a few black and white drawings.

    She says she understands better when she reads herself. I had seen evidence of this in the spring when I read aloud to her and her brother (almost 12). She kept asking “wait, what? who did that? what happened to so-and-so, etc” A few times, we couldn’t even get through the reading. So, I usually read history and fiction to both of them and was looking at multi-age curriculum options for the fall. Now, I’m not sure what to do. I always read aloud. I really don’t want to do two history programs, for instance. Any suggestions?

    Crystal
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    Hooray for your DS. I understand better when I can see the words also. I personally would stick with one family history cycle as long as possible, so much easier. Could you let her sit close to you or on your lap so she could see the words. Maybe use your finger to track where you are so she can read along. You could also give her age appropriate books on the same subject matter for independent reading. SCM has great recommendations for that.

    Crystal
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    I meant dd, sorry 🤭

    Wings2fly
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    Listening to you read aloud or listening to an audio book helps develop their auditory processing skills.  Be sure to read something engaging to make it easier for her.  This is a skill she will need, even though visual learning may be her strength.  You could also have an exciting audio literature book going in your vehicle to help her strengthen her listening skills.

    https://ourjourneywestward.com/brain-training-activities-auditory-attention/

    Also, keep the readings short and gradually increase her habit of attention.

    I think you should stay with family history as it gives them a common interest even outside of lesson times.

    Wings2fly
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    agreese
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    I still read aloud, but sometimes my kids understand better from an audiobook.  I think the narrator just does a better job with pacing, character voices, etc. than I can!  You could try an audiobook with a good narrator to see if it helps with understanding.  Then do a mix of reading aloud and listening to audiobooks, depending on the type of book.  As long as you are all listening together, the shared experience is still there.

    Kristen
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    Thanks for the great feedback, everyone! I didn’t want to give up my family read-aloud time. 😊

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