Friday, August 27, 2010

Falling back . . . to Spring ahead?

The Warrior Maiden (Bank Street Level 3*)

When grade level reading challenges your child with autism, 
what books do you read together? What books do you hand 
over to the child to read on his/her own?
How easy is too easy?

These are not rhetorical questions. 
I hope you will think about them, and, if you have the time, 
share your answers here.

We constantly negotiate the answers at our house. 
As you might expect, we choose harder books for 
school assignments.

At the library, our boys go free range.
Despite my attempts at steering,
my older boy still goes to the 
picture books. Often he heads
straight for the same ones he
read in first grade.

Since I want him to think of the
library as a refuge, I don't push
too hard there. But what about 
at home?

Captain Underpants And The Invasion Of The Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Col

Well, that depends. We usually
stick with a series he has liked.
Right now he and his dad are
reading a Captain Underpants.
(I do not recommend Captain
Underpants if your child
has symbol decoding trouble.
The spelling is deliberately 
atrosh .  .  . atroche .  . . 

The other night we read The
Warrior Maiden (Bank Street). 
He could have read this nice
book from a nice series in 
second grade. Maybe
he understands more of the
story now.

Sometimes my son will
have to struggle and reading
will be hard. All the more
important, then, to sometimes
take words easy.

Take two stories and read me
next week,

-spectrum mom

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