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08 March 2015 @ 08:42 pm
Reading Is Fundamental!  
So, back when ceitfianna came to visit, she brought some free books from the librarian conference she had just been at. She went ahead and read through most of the middle grade and young adults books, anything she thought myself or The Nephew might enjoy reading and then left them here for us. I have a stack of about 12 of these books in my closet now. I am saving them to give to The Nephew for his birthday, in May, since I know during the school year he doesn’t read quite as much as he does in the summer. His parents make him do an hour of reading on the weekend or days off, but on school days he just does reading time at school. During the summer, he has to read every day. So I’ll be giving him the stack of books then, to help get him through the summer. (ceitfianna, if you want to send me a letter or card to put in the gift bag, feel free!)


His dad says they are having quite the problem with him at school because he has nothing to do. It is March and he is completely through with all of the workbooks and textbooks for English, Math, History, for the whole year. Everything but Science. Which means he has nothing to do during those classes. He is almost reading at a 7th grade reading level and he is in the third grade. I expect by this time next year he’ll be at a high school reading level. His teacher does let him go to the library on days that aren’t library-day just so he can get more books, because he is reading his way through 3 YA books - (think the Huger Games) - a week. But the teacher won’t let him write or do other projects, except reading, during class so of course he gets fidgety and gets in trouble. There was a specialized school for advanced kids that my brother looked at, but from where they live now it would be four hours in the car everyday just to get him there and back, so for now they are stuck at the local public school.

The big issue with The Nephew reading at such an advanced level is that, while he can mentally read at that level, he isn’t always emotionally able to handle the topics. I was reading Stephen King and SE Hinton in the 4th grade and looking back, some of that stuff was not okay. With comics, my brother reads through the comic himself before allowing The Nephew to read it - that way he can check for appropriate story and art, since so much comic art is not appropriate. But with YA books, my brother doesn’t want to read through them all ahead of time, so he usually does a quick skim or something. Middle Grade books, for like 4th and 5th graders, are fine without pre-approval, but not all YA books, for older kids, would pass my brother’s okay-level. The librarian at TN’s school actually said that normally a kid his age wouldn’t be allowed to check out books from the older section, but she recognized that he is a special case and had a sit down with my brother and was like, “I can see you are an involved parent, so let’s just set up a system where I let him check out whatever he wants and then you can look at it when he gets home and if you don’t want him reading it, just send it back and I’ll let him check out another book instead.” Which has worked really well.

Anyways, I have decided to read through the stack that ceitfianna left here, because a) TN likes reading books that he knows me or my sister have read, so he can call and discuss them with us and b) at least for the YA ones, I can tell my brother ‘thumbs up’ on letting The Nephew read them. And c) because I like books! I started the stack last week, so expect me to be doing little quick reviews of them as I go along.
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 9th, 2015 02:12 am (UTC)
I wish that teacher would let him make comic book versions of the YA Lit he's been reading. At least he could draw, read, and write then!

Maybe the teachers in those classes need to ask him if he would like to be a helper for the slower kids. I bet he'd be excited and proud to help them.

Edited at 2015-03-09 02:13 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: wee!deandodger_sister on March 14th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
I wish that teacher would let him make comic book versions of the YA Lit he's been reading. At least he could draw, read, and write then!

That would be a great idea! I mean since he is done with the normal curriculm, anything she could do to give him more educational work, like writing book reports on the books he is reading. Myabe I'll suggest that to my brother, that he tell the teacher he wants The Nephew to have to write reports or do art or something in relation to the books he is reading. I know teachers are overworked as is, but she needs to find more school work for The Nephew to do during class! I remember having a English teacher that noticed I finished the semester's book project in the first two weeks of school and she gave me a whole list of other things I had to do for my book project that the other kids didn't have to do because she said I wasn't been challenged.

Maybe the teachers in those classes need to ask him if he would like to be a helper for the slower kids. I bet he'd be excited and proud to help them.

It's all the same teacher for all the classes, they don't rotate until 7th grade. IDK how good he'd be at this, since he does have some concentration issues, but anything is better than just making him sit there. It's my little brother all over again - being labled as a trouble maker because no one recognizes he is actually a genius!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 14th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hopefully the teacher will listen to your brother when he makes those suggestions. It would suck for a kid as bright and creative as the Nephew to get labeled like that.
Kate: taking wingceitfianna on March 9th, 2015 03:55 am (UTC)
I wish there were more options for him. Reading is great but it sounds like he needs more like projects to keep his mind busy.

I'll be curious what you think of the books as I left some there I haven't read and not all of them are YA. There's at least one romance and one Agatha Christie that I didn't want to haul and I can mail the second Story of Owen one too if you'd like.

When is his birthday because I'd love to send not only a card but maybe even some more books as I've done more reading.

Edited at 2015-03-09 04:12 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: wee!deandodger_sister on March 14th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
I wish there were more options for him. Reading is great but it sounds like he needs more like projects to keep his mind busy.

He really does. I know he is finished with the curriculum, but the teacher needs to give him extra projects to do then. Assign him a historical book to read and write a report on for History. Make him do book reports on the books he is reading. Have my brother pick up some math workbooks for him to do during math class. Think outside the box just a little, teacher. Hell, just tell my brother, who does all of The Nephew's educational instruction in the summer, to come up with things and then the teacher just has to simply allow The Nephew to do them during class!

I'll be curious what you think of the books as I left some there I haven't read and not all of them are YA. There's at least one romance and one Agatha Christie that I didn't want to haul and I can mail the second Story of Owen one too if you'd like.

I've read the Minecraft one so far and it was adorable and even though I don't know the game, I know enough about gaming to have enjoyed it. Right now I am reading The Mark Of The Thief and I am really liking it. So far there has been a ghost, a treasure hoard, a griffin and a magic amulet! That's fun, though where I am right now, I don't know what happened to the griffin and I am worried about her!

When is his birthday because I'd love to send not only a card but maybe even some more books as I've done more reading.

May 13th! I plan on putting them all in a gift bag and giving him them on his brithday, so anything you want to add to it, along with a card so he knows they are from you, send along! I'm going to tell him to pass them onto friends and stuff when he is done with them, share them around the neighborhood, so you'll be being a great librarian even from another state! (J is actually in my closet right now going through the stack of books and borrowing a bunch of them herself!)
Kate: goddess with birdceitfianna on March 15th, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
That teacher is being stupid. He's the kind of student she should want as all she needs to do and give him work and he'll do it.

I"m glad you're liking Mark of the Thief, it didn't work as well for me. It will be fun to send more stuff his way before his birthday. Also if you want to read my reviews, they're on my Goodreads account.

Edited at 2015-03-15 05:52 pm (UTC)