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07:27 am: reading
no, this isn't a book review post, sorry. I'll get to it, I promise. I keep on stacking the books up so I don't forget them (other than the ones I left in seat-back pockets on various flights, of course, but those were all pretty crappy anyway).

My folks sent me Big Ideas for Little Kids for Mothers' Day, and it's got me :gasp: thinking.

Yes, thinking about kids and teaching and all that. I'll write about that later.

The thing that I'm thinking about right now, though, is reading. Wartenberg specifically recommends that (philosophy) teachers "ham it up" when reading.

I read at Teddy's school every Thursday, and I've recently noticed myself getting more into it. And the more I get into it, the more the kids respond. And the more I like it, too.

At the kindergarten orientation a couple of weeks ago, Teddy's future teacher read the parents a story: Leo the Late Bloomer. Granted, she was reading it to parents, and reading it to us to help reassure us that kids develop at their own pace. I love that message. I love that she felt compelled to share it with us at kindergarten orientation.

But doooode! She was a boring reader. And that worried me a bit.

I've also occasionally heard other parents read. Many are very boring. VERY boring. I assume people get a bit anxious when they're reading to a whole class of students (I sure did at first) and that they're usually more animated. The kids certainly don't seem to mind.

Because I don't hear words in my head when I read to myself, one of the great joys of reading out loud is hearing it said (even if I'm the one saying it). I got a totally different feeling from reading all of Harry Potter out loud* to Teddy. The very best part was sharing it with this terrific person, but it was also cool hearing the story instead of reading it.

I just recently learned that many people do hear words in their heads when they read. It took me a while to wrap my brain around that, because I have to make a very deliberate effort to hear words when I read.

So here's hoping Teddy's kindergarten teacher is more animated when her audience comprises kids, instead of their parents.

(Another adjustment to public school: at Montessori, all the students are referred to as "friends," by teachers and other students; at Teddy's new school, all students are referred to as "students." That might seem more normal, but the teachers all refer to "your student" when they mean "your kid, the one who's a student in our school.")

* Yes, we finished; yes, he wants to start from the beginning again.

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Date:May 16th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
it's funny, i'm your opposite -- if i read out loud, it makes the story tougher for me. i could read an entire chapter out loud, and then not be able to paraphrase what happened in the story afterward. i need to read silently to become more engrossed and hear the voices.
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Date:May 16th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)

Some of it probably depends on the story

The stuff I've been reading at Teddy's school tends to lend itself well to reading aloud. Harry Potter, less so. And most adult fiction, IMHO, is tricky.

Non-fiction? UGH.

But I do read aloud sometimes if I'm having trouble with something. It seems to address a different part of my brain.
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Date:May 16th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)

Slowing down probably helps, too

I tend to be a Speedy McGreedy when I'm reading to myself. There's something to be said for savoring it, y'know?
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Date:May 17th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
When I read to myself, I hear the words in my head. And so when I read faster than I can 'say' or 'hear' the words in my head, things get all kinds of crazy and confusing. And sometimes I read out loud just to hear myself read out loud, not for comprehension, which is bad at the end of the book/story.

It's taken me over a year of reading to dd to get animated... dh does it so well, so much better than me. I think I was nervous reading to dd at first too. Weird.

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Date:May 17th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)


I'd gather most people do hear words in their heads; I just didn't know I was weird. (I should be used to it by now.)

I always knew that kids like it when we ham it up, but didn't really "get" it until I experienced it week after week in Teddy's class. Live and learn!

There is nothing remotely weird about nervousness in any aspect of parenting. Nothing.
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