Sometimes readers can be pretty boring and the stories pretty lame. DS5 is reading and he went a completely different route than DD8 when she was reading at his level. For one, there is no fight, no struggles. I don't have to force it. We began phonics because he requested it. So last December, we began Kindergarten Phonics... every other day we would do a page or two, or as many as he wanted. Sometimes we went days without doing any phonics, and then we would pick it up again. He is now almost finishing First Grade phonics and instead of readers he is reading Mo Williams. Again his own choice.
As you know we go to the library every other week, and we check out about 30 books at a time. They just so happen to have some new books with Gerald and The Pig and DS5 picked them up at home and began reading them. Because they are written with dialog balloons like comic books he asked me to read them with him. So the first time I was Piggie and he was Elephant. The second time we reversed roles.
The next morning I woke up and heard voices in the living room and thought he was talking and playing with DD3 but no, he was reading his Mo Williems books again by himself. Everybody else was sleeping.
So today we are going to go back to the library and get some more Piggie and Elephant books and maybe even the Pigeon book.
Living and learning. Each child is so different and unschooling has really helped me see that we are NOT all fishes and we shouldn't be swimming in schools. HA!!!