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Let Kids Read by Sergio Ruzzier


Yesterday I blogged about helping kids become lifelong readers — Today we have a re-blog that explores the tricky terrain of “reading age”—too young? too old?—fascinating…

Nerdy Book Club

As a kid, I was not what was considered a good reader. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like books. In fact, I loved books, but only the ones with a lot of pictures: picture books and comic books. The “long”   books, with no or very few illustrations, looked to me incredibly boring and difficult, and I seldom attempted to read one of those. I remember my older brother reading Jules Verne or Emilio Salgari: stories of voyages, wars, pirates, torture, slaves… Good stuff.

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But those books had only a few illustrations sprinkled throughout the text. You would have to go through at least twenty pages of words before getting to the next illustration. Pure masochism. The few times I tried to read one, I would very soon skip forward to the pages that were illustrated. But by doing so, I would spoil the only reason I was trying to read that book: to savor…

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2 responses to “Let Kids Read by Sergio Ruzzier

  1. juliecroundblog July 14, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I do think some children are forced to try reading too early. Girls are probably ready before boys but the secret is to watch each child and treat them as an individual.Boys sometimes need to be coaxed into reading by attaching words to pictures they want to know more about. A lot depends on their learning styles but that’s too detailed to go into here. I just hope teachers are told how to differentiate but as they only get a year’s training now, I wonder.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      You’re right, Julie, on two counts:

      Discrimination and creativity are needed & more teacher training is a must :-)

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