We Might Be Teaching Our Kids To Read The Wrong Way
So, remember your kindergarten room, your cubbies, your nap place, and then yes, learning your ABCs. The pressure of putting letters together with those crazy vowels in the center and sounding out words. In front of the class, no less!
Well according to a great site on parenting, with a unique name, Scarymommy.com schools might be teaching our kids the wrong way.
Of course, if you can read this, did we? Ha!
Here is what Scary Mommy says,
There is a less stressful way to learn to read was an approach called “whole language” instruction. The thinking behind whole language instruction is that, with enough exposure to literature, children pick up reading instinctively. If we sit with our child and read to them and point out the words on the page as we read, and do this consistently, our child will eventually learn to read on their own. Reading is a natural process.
Do you remember being read to, and having the words pointed out? My mom usually just read to us. Still one of my favorite memories "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," still stands out.
Leave you with a lovely moment from the book:
“Mr. Wonka: "Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted."
Charlie Bucket: "What happened?"
Mr. Wonka: "He lived happily ever after.”
Now, morning man Joe Chille loved "Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss. Not sure if his Mommy read to him. But, not surprised he picked this one. ;-)
I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.