Topic | Pathway Readers/Short Lessons…should we go back?

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  • Hello!

    My name is Heather Naugle and I live in San Antonio, Texas.  We are brand new to Charlotte Mason style learning.  My daughter is eight and officially a second grader.  We have intentionally done very little schooling this year:  partly because I just brought her home from public school which was not going well, partly because I didn’t want to frustrate her and partly because I was waiting until after the SCM seminar which was held here in San Antonio last week.  Needless to say I got a lot of information and inspiration and I am very excited to have discovered what I think will be a fun way of life, exactly what my daughter needed and not a moment too soon.


    Today was our second day with the Pathway Readers book Busy Times and although she gets the mechanics of reading she simply does not want to read more than 2 pages.  In this particular book she’s not getting enough of the story to make it interesting in that short of a lesson.  Should I continue to let her read such a small selection out of this book or should we go back to the beginning of the stories with the First Steps book so that she gets farther into it before her attention is spent?




    Sonya Shafer

    The main question is whether she’s comfortable at this level. If so, and she is just reading slowly, how about you read one page, then she reads one page, then you read one page, then she reads one page, etc? That will keep her at this level and give her the story plot, but not cause the lessons to drag on too long. As she improves over time, you can increase the amount she reads.

    If she is struggling at the Busy Times level, you might want to back off to Days Go By instead. 

    She’s not struggling with the actual reading.  Her pace and her inflection are both very good.  She just doesn’t want to do it because she’s bored with the act itself and with the story.  The only word she paused over was /thought/.


    On a good note she was able to narrate much better today than she was yesterday.  I just wondered if going back to the beginning of the series would give her a better interest in the characters or if it would just bore her even more.  I like the idea of it being a shared task.  I’ll try that tomorrow.  Thank you!



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