Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


We signed Supriya up for Headsprout (Phonics-based Online Reading Lessons) exactly one year ago, hoping she would get inspired to read. The animation, cartoon characters and great sound effects were a big draw in the beginning, and she did an episode a day for a several weeks. Then the novelty wore off, the repetitive nature of the exercises got boring and she dropped it. She has picked it up again recently, and today she completed Episode 38 (of 40). I watched her zoom through the back half of it. If you were there watching her, you would have said she can read well. After all, if a six-year old can read "I wish I could see a tree," you'd call her a competent reader. The funny thing is, if you asked Supriya to read "WISH" out of that context, she is stumped! A lot of what goes on in the episodes seems to go in her short-term memory and so she does fine during that session. I suppose it's building up slowly and steadily in her brain...

Supriya and I also played the Reading Go-Fish game last couple of days, and her sight-reading is definitely improving.

She has all the tools she needs to read. Now it's a just matter of time before she decides to own her reading and do it all the time.


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