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So Jude's started reading in the past month or so, and it's freaking me out a little bit. Are any of your LOs reading...I'm asking mostly because I'm wondering if this is really as abnormal as Dr. Google is telling me it is.

He was just reading 2-letter words that I helped him sound out - like "up" or "of." But just with me halfheartedly working with him to teach him to sound out longer words, he's seriously reading in full sentences and is reading some 5-letter words. The goggling I'm doing on it really does have me a little concerned about if we should put him in a different school or if I have to worry about him being really far behind socially and emotionally.

One website I read even said to discourage an early reader, or else they'll get too far ahead of their classmates, get bored, and cause trouble. I don't know...I'm really uncomfortable with discouraging him from reading if he enjoys it. I feel like he needs to be challenged, regardless of how that means he acts in the classroom, you know?

Just wondering what your guys' thoughts are and hoping I'm letting Google freak me out more than I should. Wink

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Ava can read a bit too. She knows all her "at" words, (cat, mat, bat, sat...) and can do a few others. She has a fantastic memory and can almost recite a book back to me after hearing it once. I don't push, but if she asks, we'll spend time working on making words with our fridge magnets. I would never dream of discourage her, that sounds like a very slippery slope. Reading is a good thing!

I was an early reader too, and read far beyond my grade level all through school. I never got bored, or caused *too* much trouble. Wink

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I think it's fantastic and amazing that Jude AND Ava are reading. Josh, however, is no where close. He can only identify some letters by sight at this point. I wouldn't discourage her either. Plus, they have so many AP classes, clubs and such in schools now that I don't think she would be bored.

You've got a smart kid! Smile

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No reading here. I think she can identify all her letters, but doesn't get the sounds they make.

I keep meaning to ask you what your favorite home school websites are.

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Yah Jude and Ava! Zayden can read some words too... he always wants to know what the words say and memorizes them. I was an early reader, some kids just are! If their natural curiosity and inclination is to read, I cant think of any reason to discourage it!

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How cool is that! Jack can recognize some words and loves his books so hopefully he'll always love reading like I do!

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Okay, shew. It sounds like he's a little ahead, but it's not like he's some freak show genius. I'm definitely not discouraging him to read, in fact I'm adamantly encouraging it...Jude likes to be challenged and does better when he has things his mind can be working on. That being said though, I am putting a lot of focus this summer on playdates and teaching him social skills.

"hotdiggit" wrote:

I keep meaning to ask you what your favorite home school websites are.

I don't really have any favorites, but I did write a post about my plan to pretend homeschool the boys this summer. I linked to all the sites I used for resources, it might be a good place to start:

http://jennyerallyspeaking.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/homeschooling-flunkee/