Do you remember when you learned to read? I learned to read in my public school first grade class. My mom remembers the teacher introducing the latest technique in reading programs; I remember some black posters with white words featuring some letters in color. As a child, I didn’t chose to read much, probably because I got involved with music. When I had some free time after college, I enjoyed going to the library and reading “the classics,” noticing that I was a slow reader. So at one point, I took a one-day Evelyn Wood speed-reading course that revealed that my rate of reading was 247 words per minute, typical because it matched the average speed of reading aloud. In the course I learned how to read faster when I wanted to, but accepted the fact that I preferred to savor words slowly when I was reading fiction for pleasure.
I remember the joy of teaching my daughters to read. I used the curriculum book, Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. There’s nothing like the combination of seeing a child’s mind grasp the concept, the effort to teach with clear, patient instruction, and marveling to see a little person created by God grow in wisdom. We always told our daughters that we taught them to read so that they could read the Bible, God’s Word, for themselves someday. Now they can and they do! Lessons in reading continue with emphasis on comprehension and discernment. I highly recommend Dr. Grant Horner’s chapter, “Glorifying God in Literary and Artistic Culture,” from the book Think Biblically! by John MacArthur and The Master’s College faculty.
So how did you learn to read? Or what did you enjoy about teaching your child to read? How do you make discerning choices for reading?