Reading versus Listening

Reading is Essential--Not just an option

The other day I ran across a Tweet on Twitter (these words just crack me up!) linked to a blog that suggested we stop pushing teaching kids to read and just let them listen to audio, to us read, to videos. Why? Because that's what they like. It's a great example of taking "teaching to learning styles" to an extreme.  An extreme that doesn't serve children well.

Hmm, maybe we should stop encouraging kids to eat fruit, veggies, and whole grains and let them eat sugar all the time because that's what they like.

I've always had trouble with some of the accommodation suggestions for ADHD kids such as

Reluctant Reader Makes Progress

Crossing the midline for readingThe Reluctant Reader, Pt. 3

By now Caleb is doing fairly well with his reading. I'm in the room with him reading my newspaper and the timer is on for 15 minutes. (Be sure to read The Reluctant Reader posts pt. 1 and pt. 2) But remember, this is a boy who doesn't want to read, thinks it's a waste of time, and is convinced it's not cool. His friends don't want to read either.

But within a month, we're back to the whining, the excuses, the stalling around. "Grandma, I can't read now. I gotta take out the trash. Then I hafta do my laundry." What some kids will do to get out of reading! Now what am I going to do?

Crossing the Midline and Cross Crawling to the Rescue

I'm sure if you know me the answer will come as no surprise. Of course . . . we'll do some Brain Games. He learned a few Brain Game activities when he was just a tyke. But now, you guessed it: "Grandma, I can't do Brain Games. It's for little kids. I'm grown up!" I don't argue that 14-years-old isn't my definition of grown up. I suggest that it will help and I promise not to tell his friends he's doing Brain Games. But he doesn't care whether it will help or not since he doesn't want to read. How to get him to do Brain Games?

But Reading Isn't Cool!

The Reluctant Reader, Pt. 2

Yesterday, I told you about my grandson Caleb's struggle with reading every evening for 15 minutes. But that's not the end of the story. Turns out reading isn't cool. Maybe you're more in tune than I am, but I was definitely startled. Huh? Reading isn't cool?

It first started when he got home from school one day without the book he was supposed to read. I figured it was yet another way to get out of the requisite 15-minute evening reading requirement. I cut him off at the pass right away: "Well, Caleb, guess you'll have to

Reluctant Reader: Why Read?

The Reluctant Reader, Pt. 1

When I was a little girl, I watched my parents and my grandparents read . . . a lot. If you're as old as I am, you probably had the same experience.

Now I adored both my Father and my Grandfather. I wanted to be just like them. To be just like them meant I needed to be reading so I taught myself how to read before I trotted off to kindergarten. (I didn't know that my grandfather never read anything beyond the classified ads for hunting dogs and rifles.  I didn't know my Grandfather never graduated from high school.)

Fast forward 2009: Our grandson Caleb spent last year with us. He's 2-3 years behind in reading. Sees no reason why he or anybody else would need to read, must less WANT to read. Anything beyond short abbreviated text messages is clearly a waste of time and BORING.

Unfortunately, from his perspective, the Denver Public Schools think middle school kids should read . . . every night. They suggest 30 minutes. Caleb's teacher and I agreed that maybe in Caleb's case 30 minutes was extreme so we settled

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