I worry that I don’t have a child who gobbles up books – love that expression! But this post by Nebby has really made me think again. I gobble up books but I should definitely think carefully about the merits of this and the merits of wanting this for my kids. Reading is great BUT ideally, thoughtfully and one way to do this is to re-read good quality books. I never re-read books, I’m always on to the next thing. Having read Nebby, I want to encourage my kids to read differently from me. I will also try and look up the book lists Nebby and commenter, Patti discuss.

Letters from Nebby

Dear Reader,

Do you have a child who gobbles up books? You know the sort I mean– those who read in their beds till all hours, who have been through everything in the children’s section of the library, who come home every week with huge stacks of books. I have one child who is definitely like this, another who reads quite a bit, and two more who just aren’t there yet.

I frequently hear parents lament that their children are not readers and wonder how they can inspire them to read more. But when the children are readers, we tend to assume they are okay intellectually or academically. After all, if one can read well, one can access whatever information they need, right?

But a couple of things I have read lately have made me wonder whether we don’t need to worry about our book-gobblers sometimes too.

The first is from the novel Waverley

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Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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