Should Children Read Up?
|Would you let your 2nd grader |
read this book?
Roseanne Parry wrote this article for the Horn Book's online blog today. Here she poses the same question, only as a mother, not as a teacher. I found her point of view, and the change in her thinking, very interesting. She explains how her mother always encourage her to "read up" When Parry had her own children she wanted to follow in the same tradition.
Parry goes on to explain how Harry Potter waltzed it's way into their household, how she fully embraced the desire for everyone, her eight, eleven, fourteen, and sixteen year olds, to read the book. Soon, however, Parry realizes some unforeseen downsides to letting her youngest children read up. One notion I found interesting was that because it took her youngest so long to read the first six books, an entire school year, she missed out on all of the other books that other 2nd graders were reading. Is that type of sacrifice worth it?
I found the article very intriguing and more of a practical way of explaining why kids shouldn't always be encouraged to "read up." It has nothing to do with reading levels, grade level, or tests. It simply has to do with making sure kids are really, truly, enjoying the books they read. Check it out!