Blog reviews are one my favorite things to do because I get to talk about other peoples' cool stuff! Learning to read was a common theme during the month of November. There were suggestions of how to interest kids in reading without pushing reading; fears that society at large would never quit pushing reading; and 10 reasons why it's best to let kids learn to read at their own pace.
Kids learning to read at their own pace factored heavily in RedHeadedMom's post. She suggests 10 reasons kids should be left alone to learn reading when, and how they'd like. Many of the reasons focus on not causing undue stress and shame.
Unschooling the Kids provided a plethora of fun tips for enabling your kids to read at their own pace. My favorite ideas were to ask your kid to read your emails to you, and to write things on the fridge that make them laugh. Other ideas that have worked for us include frequent trips to the library, (our library has toys in addition to books) and leaving the subtitles on for all TV shows.
Finally, at Jitterberry, the author airs their unschooling fears with regards to the way reading is pushed not only in school, but in society at large. What's at risk? Among other things, a kid's right to the sense of accomplishment and discovery, as well as their sense of self-esteem.
“a child doesn’t grow into shame unless those they care about project it”
All photos credited to their respective blogs, except that first one, that's all me :)