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|(Janice is one of my favorite teacher mentors. She trained me in Reading Recovery my third year of teaching and changed my teaching life forever. Sappy but true.)|
I can't say for sure that Janice invented this saying, but she's the one who brought it to life for me, so I'm giving her the credit. This next quote confirms that she was ever so right.
"Lots of easy reading is absolutely critical to reading development and to the development of positive stances toward reading." Richard Allington, What Really Matters for Struggling Readers 44
If a lot of easy reading makes reading easy, then wouldn't it be safe to say that a lot of hard reading makes reading hard? If it's hard, then it's for sure not enjoyable. If it's not enjoyable, then why try? I'm pretty sure most of us know a reader or two (more like handfuls) who have found themselves in this boat. No doubt many factors affect the attitudes and abilities of these readers, but I wonder how many of them simply haven't spent enough time with books that are easy.
I think it's important to make sure that "a lot" and "easy" are part of what our developing readers experience. Both parts of the equation are necessary.
- How much time do our kids actually spend reading books independently?
- How much of what they read is easy for them?
P.S. I like to share this saying with parents. It's typically an eye-opener for them.