Tuesday, 4 March 2014
World Book Day and Learning to Read
Although they have both loved books from the youngest age, Lara and Sophia don't really have favourite characters yet, but they do have plenty of favourite books. I think The Cat in the Hat, the Maisy books and anything by Beatrix Potter top the most-read list in our house at the moment. We're off to a WBD party on Thursday, so I have been poring over the fab costumes on fancydressball.co.uk a lot lately. With our costumes all ready it looks like we are set for our party, I think it's going to be fun!
One of the main questions that home edders get asked is how will you teach them to read? As if this is a skill which must be taught by a certain age or in a certain way. Well, like everything else that they have and will learn, our girls will do it in their own time and in their own way. Some home educating families follow a very structured or even a curriculum-led approach, whereas we are taking what is called an 'unschooling' path.
Essentially this means that the girls will learn what they want to at their own pace, it is simply our job to facilitate their learning any way we can. In other words, to provide natural opportunities and have resources readily available. In a home full of books and readers this isn't going to be a problem, and Lara and Sophia are already familiar with going to the library to find new books too. Events like World Book Day and specific reader festivals and events definitely help too. I'll let you know how we get on on our reading journey.