I sort of agree but........
Posted by Alexandra on December 04, 1997 at 08:49:46:
In response to On My Soapbox, written by MB on December 03, 1997 at 14:45:15
I sort of agree with you that sometimes reading a book that is above a child's level will then put them off later because they just don't understand. But I also think that children do need stretching because otherwise they will just read easy things that don't challenge their minds.
I was always reading as a child and I was lucky that my parents encouraged me to do this (weekly visits to the local library and access to their entire book collection!). The trouble that we always had was that I would very quickly get bored of the school library and books that I was told by the teachers to read. They were always books that I had read before and I always wanted something a bit more. When I first read Pride and Prejudice at the age of 9 my parents were called up to the school to suggest that I read some more Enid Blyton or something similar. I had already read this sort of thing and wanted to be challenged. I would never claim that I understood all of Pride and Prejudice the first time I read it but my parents were good enough to explain bits that I didn't have a clue about. I think that it is this interaction that gave me a love for books. If I had stuck to what I was meant to be reading I think I would have got so bored that I would have given up and gone and done something else instead.
So I guess what I'm saying is that a child should be encouraged to read whatever they show an interest in. This may need a parent helping with explanations but should keep the child interested and challenged. So I guess I am pretty much agreeing with you .......sort of!! ;-)
One thing I am glad about is that my parents let me watch television.....one of my childhood friends wasn't allowed and her bedtime stories used to be the Shakesperian plays!
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