I am just young enough that I “missed out” on learning to read using Dick and Jane books. I know many people who are slightly older than me remember them fondly. In fact, I’m sure seeing some of these below will bring a lot of memories rushing back for some!
Reading with Dick and Jane Books?
A few years ago I found three of the newly published Dick and Jane readers (like the Dick and Jane Away We Go in the picture) in a book sale so I decided to pick them up for a few cents each.
This past summer Caroline found them on my bookshelf and asked me to read one to her. So we sat down and I started reading.
She gave me the most quizzical look when I started reading the stilted sentences. She clearly thought I was teasing her or making a joke or something. She had never heard a story that was so contrived or had such awkward language. Caroline quickly lost interest and we didn’t even finish reading one of the readers.
It was a striking moment for me as a mom and home educator. When you fill your child’s mind with quality, the other stuff is readily apparent even at a young age.