A useful tip especially perhaps for older kids if they are tackling more challenging texts

This link is to a post written by Oliver DeMille of ‘TJED’ (Thomas Jefferson Education) and it offers a tip for understanding more challenging texts. I have to say I haven’t tried his tip yet. I would like to say I haven’t tried his tip yet because I understand all those challenging texts I am reading right now perfectly well but actually I have to admit I’m not reading too many of those and the one I am is not challenging in terms of ‘What do these words literally mean?’ but rather the words need constant re-reading and mulling over. As an aside, the book whose words I am re-reading a little at a time every night before I sleep is from ‘The Forty Rules of Love’ by Elif Shafak (http://www.bookdepository.com/Forty-Rules-Love-Elif-Shafak/9780141047188) It’s about Sufism and I’m very interested in exploring Sufism further and deeper. Who knows it could the life of this whole family. But that may be a post for the future…

And DeMille’s tip? Read what you’re finding hard to understand backwards. As he says in the post, “Don’t read every word in reverse order. That is more confusing than reading it in order. Just read the last sentence, then the second to last sentence, then keep reading up the page—one sentence at a time.” and “Use it any time something you are reading is hard to grasp. I don’t know why, but somehow it really helps. But don’t just read it backward; read it both forward and backward, as the old saying goes. First read it normally to see if you understand it, but as soon as it seems really hard to understand, flip to the end and read it backwards. Then, once you’ve finished a chapter or a few pages, re-read what you just read backward—but this time read it forward.” De Mille also stopped his daughter after every sentence and asked her questions, which she also found helpful. “It helps almost any difficult reading make a lot more sense.”

Please let me know if this tip is any good!




About homeschoolingpenny

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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