Monday, April 21, 2014

OH, The Travels My Motherhood Reading Has Gone ~ A to Z Challenge

My A to Z Challenge. 
What I'm doing: OFF the CUFF ~ Basically, I'll be keeping posts short and writing about whatever moves me~themes, inspirations, causes, and silliness. I'll stick to my normal posting of Mondays & Wednesdays (possibly an occasional other day), highlighting the appropriate letter for said day. But I will visit blogs throughout the week. I am looking forward to reading your words!

READING: A SHERISM

For those who are already Alleywalkers, this is old news. So I'll address this introduction to our newbies or visitors: I'm the mother of four children--current ages of 20, 17, 15, & 10. Each developed the skill of reading in a different way. Needless to say, I've had my share of hands on experience when it comes to reading with children and getting them to read. 

So I decided to share with you my Sherisms aka personal experience/advice for reading with children. My wisdom is not scientifically based. It hasn't undergone some litmus test, either. The chart I've created below is from my motherly experiences and mine alone. I do, however, believe it's quite accurate and could apply to many. 

PLEASE CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE SO YOU CAN READ

I designed this chart using Scrapple. As promised, I'm working on a post describing the programs uses - COMING SOON ...

If you have children or work with them, can you relate to one of my five titles above? 
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28 comments:

  1. Interesting chart! I get students that fall into these categories, I think, so I'm going to have to think about how I can apply it to them :)

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  2. This is truly neat and interesting! I will definitely use this in the future for when I have my own kids. :)

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    1. Oh, thanks. Everyone's experience is different, though. Just trying to share what I've learned over the years! Thanks for stopping by! Always a pleasure.

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  3. Darn! I'm on my laptop while my husband drives the car, so I wasn't able to enlarge it! I'll have to wait until we're home and I can pull it up the big computer screen. Looks like a cool chart and I know some of my boys fall into these categories!! I have one son who speeds through books, and another one who it took a while for him to get into reading, but he loves the Brandon Mull books and now that he's found his niche, I find him reading a lot more. I love it when I see my kids read!!

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  4. When I can lay things out in some system (I love your chart) it's easier for me to deal with whatever happens to be the current concern, development, issue. Onward and here's to more Sherism strategy.

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  5. Is there one for annoying?
    Just kidding!
    Rather intricate chart you made.

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    1. Holy ... Don't ask my husband that first question. lol His chart would have looked way different than mine. Actually, it'd probably be rather humorous.

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  6. It''s great you've put so much thought into this. I taught elementary school for a decade and am now teaching preschool now that my kids are in school. So I'm familiar with many of those types of readers. ;)

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    1. I'm sure you are, as I'm sure there's more I could add to this particular chat. There are so many dynamics to children's reading abilities, environments, family lives, etc... Lot's to work with and lots to inhibit their growth. All depends.

      Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  7. Oh how interesting! I'm sure lots of parents would appreciate getting their hands on this. I'd even put one on my fridge. You should write a non-fic ebook on children and reading and you can include graphs like these and all your motherly knowledge. ;)

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    1. You know, I've contemplated doing something like that. Hmm... Now you're making me think. Honestly, with having four kids (3 of whom are busy boys) I have tons to tell. lol

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  8. Awesome chart. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to do it, but very professional looking.

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    1. Haha! I used Scrapple, and once I figured it out it really was easy. I'll share that in another post!

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  9. I'm so glad you realized your kids aren't one size fits all. Now if the school system would figure that out. All my kids but one were really good readers. The one tested highest in one thing: listening. I'd been reading aloud to my boys well into their teens--authors like Heinlein, McCaffrey, Crighton. My son's a voracious reader now. Of audiobooks.

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  10. This is great! My son is 4 1/2. He likes books but we've haven't been reading a lot. Something I need to change.

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  11. Love that chart-- amazing amount of work you've put into this.

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  12. My sister was definitely the hater, but I don't think I fell into these categories, I essentially inhale books, so perhaps the streamliner, but I have good comprehension of what I am reading, I don't miss many details. Great post though.

    Gracexxx

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  13. Interesting chart! What I find interesting about my kids is that the one who took longer to learn to read is the one who reads more for pleasure now. There's nothing quite like seeing your kids get turned on to reading, whenever it happens.
    Thanks for sharing this!

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  14. Whew! That's a whole lot of wisdom in one place. I need to grab it and study it in depth. =)

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    1. Whoa ... wisdom. Never thought of it that way. Now I feel old. ;)

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  15. That chart is so big. Interesting, too.

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  16. Hi, Sheri,

    This looks like an awesome tool/chart for parents. I know if I had kids I'd really appreciate it!

    Well done, Sheri!

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  17. Oh my goodness, awesome chart. I wish I would've had this about 5 years ago...but I suppose it's never too late. Going to bookmark it to study later. Thanks!

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    1. Aw, thanks for the bookmark! I've been wanting to do something like this with all sorts of motherhood areas. Though I still have a ten year old, my other kids are so much older that I think I have plenty of material. lol

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  18. It's so funny how kids in the same house with similar genetics have different reading personalities. I can relate!

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    1. I know, right. Weird. I pretty much did the same thing with them while in their infancy. They really are individuals, as I'm sure are yours.

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  19. Hi Sheri - I came through yesterday and something tunnelled in and ate my comment!!

    That looks an amazing chart and with that range of kids' ages you've definitely experienced 'life' with them! What an excellent idea to put it together like this ...

    I really look forward to see how Scrapple works ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks so much Hilary, especially for coming back to comment again. Too sweet! Yeah, I've had my good reading moments with my kiddos and then those where pulling my hair out would have been far less painful. Hoping to write that Scrapple post for next month.

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