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How do you prefer they read?
October 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

How do you prefer your wee ones to read? Meaning, would you rather they concentrate on one book or story at a time or you don't mind if they are reading multiples?

I wonder because, we are just beginner readers but he wants to jump around from book to book and while I like his enthusiam, I would rather he concentrate on one story and comprehend it.

Maybe in this learning to read phase I shouldn't be so focused on comprehension as well. 

I know there is no 'right or wrong' way, and maybe I am just over thinking things. I find I question myself A LOT now that I have taken their education in hand.

Advice? Thoughts? Ideas? Experiences?


  • kmath
    by kmath
    October 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I have him read one book, but I read one to him as well.  That gives him some variety but he can concentrate on what he is reading.   When he gets older he can read as many as he wants at a time, but until he gets a little better one at a time is enough.

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    October 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

     If they are reading I am happy!

  • Roo1234
    by Roo1234
    October 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I prefer they read one book at a time, but there is something to be said for mastering the skills required to read more than one book at a time.  At school they are required to read certain books for their literacy class and they aren't supposed to read ahead of the assigned pages, etc. so if they only read that one book, they aren't reading enough.

  • PurpleCupcake
    October 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Maybe do shorter book or stories that you can finishing in 20 or so minutes? Then quiz on comprehension.

  • coala
    by coala
    October 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    My youngest is a great reader.  I am constantly having to remind her that she needs to finsih one "fun" book before she can move onto another.  I don't mind if they read a fiction and a non-fiction at the same time, but not 2 of the same kind.  I feel like it will hamper their comprehension at this point.  My youngest is 5 and has about a 70-75% comprehension...she is doing really well.  My oldest knows that she is struggling with her comprehension and hasn't had a hard time following the guidelines I have in place for them.  She is 7 and has about 60% comprehension on a good day.  She is just one of those kids that is taking a little longer to pick it up.  She does great with everything else.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    October 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM
    I'm going to go with this!

    Quoting usmom3:

     If they are reading I am happy!

  • AnnaBright
    October 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM
    Depends ...we do a lot of short books for the boys 5 and 7 but girls read ch books and will have 2 series going at a time 9 and 11
  • bluerooffarm
    October 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

     Well I usually have them reading a book that they can read on their own (short) and have them reading some type of history or science story and I'm reading to them that is longer, chapter books.  So jumping around is ok as long as they can keep the stories straight.  Asking a few comprehension questions before we begin another reading session helps me make sure he's got it under control.

  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    October 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I think I would have a hard time keeping any of my kids to one book.  When I think of a child starting to read, I'm thinking simple books that are done in a few minutes.  My kids are voracious readers, and I think hampering them by saying they have to read my way is not a good thing.  By all means, test for comprehension, we don't want them missing out on that part of the equation.  But a child who can comprehend but doesn't read because it's loathesome to him, is no better off than a child who can't read.

  • paganbaby
    October 31, 2013 at 8:58 PM


    Quoting usmom3:

     If they are reading I am happy!

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