I am just young enough that I “missed out” on learning to read using Dick and Jane books. (Poor me, I had to learn with phonics!) A few years ago I found three of the newly published Dick and Jane readers (like the one 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.
Caroline has heard us read literally hundreds of different books to her over the past six years. She knew this was not the quality literature she was used to hearing. 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.