As an unschooler it can sometimes be hard to overcome your fears that they will ever “get” it. Many times I have wondered if I was on the right track and filled with self doubts- only to have those fears assuaged a short time later. Once i was worrying about math and was I on right path would this actually work. I was watching weather on TV and my daughter, then 5 was beside me. The weather was going from +2 to -5 over night. She turned to me and said- hey mom- negative 5 is actually lower than +2 – it’s actually smaller!. Whew. Okay maybe this will work!
With her reading I was faced with more doubts and resorted to buying workbooks . I admit it- I had a moment of weakness and ran out and bought workbooks and worksheets. I have a whole bookshelf filled with Grade 1 Math, Grade 2 Math, Grade 1 English , Grade 2 English , etc. These are empty for the most part-except for first 2 or 3 pages that were filled when I first brought them home .. then later discarded. I can tell myself as unschooler that she has access to them and can use whenever she wants. She has actually picked them up and done them on her own a few times !
With the reading I was starting to worry. I knew in my heart she would read when she was ready. I continued to buy books I thought she might like and leave then around strategically placed. The breakthrough finally came.
We began going to local bookstore/coffee house together for some mother/daughter time. She would go through books and test ruin then over a hot chocolate. She became completely entranced with a book I never thought to pick up- ” Captain Underpants” by Dav Pilkey. The series is not for the prudish! The 2 boys in the series create a super hero , called Captain Underpants- who has super powers have to do with farting and belching. The series is HUGE hit with 8/9 year old boys. The books are are called graphical novels- which is fancy way of not calling them a comic book. There is bit more text then comics and they are pretty funny. E. was glued to them. Was the first time she carried any book around with her- to the supermarket, read in the car, waiting at Drs., etc. Took her 3 weeks to finish the multi-book series. To me this series represent her love affair with books and I have a special place in my heart for Dav Pilkey’s ” Captain Underpants” . I would love if you could also comment on the books that first “grabbed” your child’s attention and imagination.
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