Should we read ahead?

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    I was reading on the forum, and a  topic a few days ago was how far ahead do you pre read. I was curious, why do you pre read the books? What age did you start pre reading them? What subjects? My eldest is in 7th I haven’t homeschooled him the entire time. My second doing school is in 4th and we have homeschooled her the entire time. But I haven’t ever come across this idea or conversation with anyone before. I am totally shocked that I didn’t know this is something I should be doing 😱. Could anyone explain why y’all do this? Do you only pre read their books so you know what they are reading and checking for content is appropriate and not? Or so you can have discussions and know if their narrations are up to par? What subjects and age groups do you do this for? I’m sorry this may sound silly for my not knowing about pre reading the books. But I really appreciate y’all help and feedback!


    I don’t read ahead either. Sometimes, I assign a book I’ve read before, but if not, I don’t read it. I wouldn’t have time to read all their books and do all the other things I have to do!


    Not everyone does, and I don’t think you should feel as if you have to. I always have. When they were little (elementary age – starting to read chapter books), it was to make sure books were appropriate, and later on (high school) it was so that I could discuss books with them. That said, I didn’t read absolutely everything, but I tried. Along the way, I discovered that I liked reading kids’ books way better than adult ones. 🙂


    I don’t always pre-read, but it helps when they are struggling with a narration.  I can ask a more specific question…not a content question, but an open ended question.  Like  “Why do you thing the character did -—-?”  Or “what do you think —– will do next?”

    I also consider it part of “mother culture”.  We should be enriching our minds as well.  I also often like children’s literature more than adult as well…and the grade 10-12 books are adult level anyway!


    I pre-read because when I wasn’t, my response to narrations was “uh huh…. Uh huh…. Oh. Yep. Uh huh…” With pre-reading, after the narration is over, I can say “wasn’t that interesting when….?”, “What do you think he meant when he said…?”, or “Remember in (other book) when…. That reminded me of the part in (book just narrated) when…” When we read Age of Fable, there was a story similar to Romeo and Juliet. Because I pre-read it, when I haded my son the book, I said “Hey, this sounds familiar. Tell me what you think.” He read it and said “It sounds like Romeo and Juliet! Do you think Shakespeare got the idea for it from this story?”

    Also, my public school education left much to be desired so pre-reading is giving me a good education as well! 🙂


    I like to read a head so that I can have conversations with the kids about their books and it helps me as I read their narrations. They are books I never read and it is has been fun learning along side the kids.

    I don’t preread family books, books that I will read aloud with the kids, I just read their individual reading books (history and literature).

    It is not necessary though 🙂

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