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    This is an interesting article on literacy acquisition and how to let children read in their own time.

    I think that we all feel pressure to have our kids read by a particular age. And since many of us homeschool, reading is used as a marker that we are "doing our job" instead of allowing our kids to develop their skills in their own time.

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    Here's another success story to help reassure parents of late readers. When I was compiling my round-up of modern STEM leaders who were homeschooled, I got to Grant Colfax and loved reading about how he was homeschooled. Here's my bio of him (note when he learned to read):


    1. Grant Colfax (1965- ) is the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. He is the President’s lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS and is responsible for overseeing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and guiding the Administration’s HIV/AIDS policies across Federal agencies. Dr. Colfax is the eldest of the four sons homeschooled while building the family homestead and goat farm with their parents, David and Micki Colfax. The Colfaxes wrote about their homeschooling experiences in the books "Homeschooling for Excellence" and "Hard Times in Paradise." They did not follow a "school at home" approach and once commented that months went by without books being opened (his parents reported that young Grant was nine before he even learned to read). Dr. Colfax graduated from Harvard Medical School and previously worked as the Director of the HIV Prevention Section in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Upon appointing Dr. Grant to his current position, President Obama said, "Grant Colfax will lead my Administration’s continued progress in providing care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS. Grant’s expertise will be key as we continue to face serious challenges and take bold steps to meet them. I look forward to his leadership in the months and years to come."


    It appears that he did just fine learning to read "late"!
    ~Alicia

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    The comments from people on the Setting Up Children to Hate Reading article who write that they are/were early elementary teachers are pretty interesting/sad/frightening too.

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    I am always in awe over the way people learn how to read. It can be so very different.

    My sister learned the "normal way" that school presents. Little by little.

    I couldn't read at all until I was 6 and a half and actually learned all at once. Its like all the letters just came together and went from not reading at all (I knew my letter sounds) to reading long sentences. I can actually remember the moment "it happened".

    My son decided he was going to learn to read when he was 4.5 y. So I sat down with him, showed him how to. He learned how to read "good enough" for his desire and didn't progress beyond basic reading until he was almost 7.

    My daughter is 7 and isn't reading yet (despite kinder twice, a reading specialist, etc). Lately she has been reading here and there. Its just got to come together on her own time, without pressure.

    I think learning to read in your own way is a really beautiful thing

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