Sunday, April 09, 2006

Unschoolers Tell their Literacy Stories

Just had a smile, a laugh and a cathartic cry over the stories here: stories of how children came to be reading in their own good time ie: proper personalised learning, appropriate for their age, ability and aptitude.


4 girls and 3 boys said...

Brilliant link. Thanks. My two youngest have learnt with no formal teaching. One very young and one just getting going - both twins now aged 7.

Julie said...

Thank you for this link- I enjoyed reading it-it has been a sometimes nerve wracking journey watching our severely dyslexic child learn to read. Finally at 13 she is getting there. With help support and encouragement from other home educators we have allowed her to learn in her own time and way. Keeping the pressure off her from granny and other well meaning people, has sometimes been difficult, as they have tried to make her 'sound' something out. To watch the pleasure and pride she now has in herself as she is finally getting it and enjoying doing it, is the best feeling in the world. It makes my heart sing. It is also taking me on a journey as her 13 yr old logic now needs to know the stem/root of every word in order to undertand why something is spelt the way it is, rather than just accepting it as the other two did as they were much younger when they learned to read.
But this post also lead me to follow the link to Joyce Fetteroll and her post on 'always finding a way to say yes'. This is a huge thing for me. Almost a road to Damascus moment! The further I go along this autonomous path the further I find I have to go! I hardly recognise the person I was when we started to HE, 5 years ago. 'No' definately meant no then and I believed in sticking to it. I knew that I had moved from there but 'finding a way to say yes' is a brilliant concept-the more I think about it, the bigger the idea is becoming.
Thank you ;o))

NerdMom said...

Thanks for the link. I have 4 year old who wants to read but isn't quite there. I have had people thell me he can read because he can "read" the Costco sign or recite a book mostly word for word. I don't want to pressure him (he already pressures himself) but it isn't reading unless it is a new piece tha he can read. This just makes me feel a little better about not making the big push.