Apr 29

There’s More to Reading than Meets the Eye

Read Barbara Sokolov’s article about how reading is taught in Waldorf schools. Sokolov observes “how unfortunate it is that in the early grades (of most main stream schools) children are not exposed to rich complex language, simply because such language would not be compatible with their limited decoding skills. Just at the time when their minds are most open to language acquisition they are working with artificially limited vocabularies in school! ….So, the first book that my daughter, Anna, read when she was “finally taught to read” was not a dull primer, but beautiful prose by E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web. True, she learned to decode later than many of her public school counterparts, but she learned to read fluently, with understanding and enjoyment, much sooner than most. “

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