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something, what support will help and what support would be not helpful?<br><br>
I am figuring is unschoolrs are feeling frustrated with not getting support, perhaps those who aren't feel some level of frustration as well?<br><br>
What does hsing help look like? How can we best share our styles with each other?<br><br>
I am trying to make these questions similar, but open...as I know this quetion isn't eactly the same as the unschooler question. I am trying not to offend with one point of view over another and keep the questions open ended...<br><br>
So forgive any denseness.
 

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OK I have one. Say someone voices a concern over an older child (over 5 or 6) who wants to learn how to read. Child wants direct instruction, and someone asks how they could best do that. I would wager to say that it's not supportive to say "Don't worry. She's so young, she doesn't need to learn how to read now. Just keep reading to her, she'll get it".<br><br>
I trust the person posting the question repsects the need of her child, so I would think it most helpful to share the ways a child could be respectfully given the tools she needs to learn how to read.<br><br>
All bets are off in the child in question is under 4 or 5. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I wouldn't say it's "unsupportive" to say "don't worry, keep reading and the child will get it" but IMO it's not the most appropriate answer in this specific situation. The fact remains that the child WANTS direct reading instruction- then suggesting specific curriculum materials would be an appropriate answer, or suggestions of how to go about teaching phonics without predigested workbooks, or how to use workbooks as tools without becoming a slave to the workbook/textbook, etc.
 

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Oh, good distinction. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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