My daughter spent the last two years with her nose cheerfully buried in a book. She read with abandon, anything and everything. She polished off short kids books in an hour or two, and read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in a wild Saturday frenzy. And she was getting every word of it. She has such recall of the details of the Harry Potter books that it’s almost scary.
Things have changed, though. After three weeks in public school, where she is required to read every night, she has told me that she doesn’t want to read any more. It’s no fun now that it’s forced and associated in her mind with homework. Because she is such a good reader, I’m seriously toying with the idea of telling her that she does not have to spend time reading anymore as part of her homework. I’ll initial her homework worksheet without her. On the one hand, it’s undercutting her teaching. On the other hand, the teacher’s method is undercutting my daughter’s reading.