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This list is insane. Most of these books are rated 2nd & 3rd grade level & should NOT be suggested reading for any 4-5 year old. Ridiculous!

Who, in their right mind, would ever push K's to read (note the article does not say, "have read to them"), this list of books. Talk about pushing our kids too much & too early. When are people going to realize that none of this works. Valid research by respected universities have proven that kids who are pushed too hard too early score no higher than their peers by 3rd & 4th grade. They all even out by late elementary & while reading to your pre-k child IS excellent, pushing them to read is ridiculous. News Flash: Doesn't help!
Question asked after reading: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/50-bo...
In Topics: School and Academics
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rkaiulani
Nov 24, 2010
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Hi there,

Thank you for raising this important point. This list is by no means meant to be read exclusively by kindergartners themselves, and I've amended the text to clarify that "read-alouds" are meant to be shared by adults.

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barbbz
barbbz writes:
You are dead wrong.  Yes, MOST kids will enjoy having these books read TO them.  And I agree, kids should not be pushed too hard.  The early years are a time for discovering life and exploring the world in a variety of ways.  However, there ARE children who will thrive on reading these books themselves.  Your attitude hurts these children terribly.  I taught for over 35 years in a variety of capacities: preschool, special ed in elementary school, gifted elementary and middle school for 15 years, regular 7th grade for 15 years.  I am the mother of two who are now in their 30's and 40's and whose lives in school were made miserable by attitudes such as yours.  Our daughter read a fair number of the books on the list out loud to herself and to us before she was in kindergarten.  We did not teach her to read, did not push her.  She learned to read on her own and started reading books out loud when she was three.  The summer after first grade she took Black Beauty off the book shelf and read it, sometimes bringing it to the dinner table and raising provocative questions about animal rights as she read out loud to us.  She learned early to fit in by not discussing the moral issues that so concerned her with her age peers.  She learned to appear 'normal' - essential for survival in middle school.  In college she studied engineering her first two years and decided it was not for her.  She started and completed a philosophy major her junior year and completed a political science major her senior year.  Obviously her reading skills had not 'evened out.'  In her 40's today, she is an appellate lawyer, teaches continuing-ed law classes and annually edits an appellate case book in her state.  Clearly, her reading skills still have not 'evened out'; she actually uses them to advantage in her career.  She has young children of her own and makes the time to be a joyful, loving, creative parent.
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JamielaIsmail
JamielaIsmail , Teacher writes:
Dear Sensible Mom
I agree with you that kindergarten children should not be pushed to reading.  However, if they show an interest in it, then very basic reading should be done.  This normally starts with rhyming words and their names and in this way they read a story of themselves.  For example:
John is a boy.  He has a toy.  The toy is big.  It is a pig.  These children should still be developing their gross motor skills.
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