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I was looking for stuff up in the swap subforum and saw posts about readers. What's the difference in a reader and just plain old books? We have tons and tons of books... like probably 500. Do I really need to buy readers?
You don't have to buy readers. I use a literature-based curriculum and all we use are whole living books, with oral and written narrations. Readers are just a compilation of stories, maybe with questions at the end of each. They're pretty dry in my opinion.
Some people also call the books that have the steps (level 1, 2, etc.) readers. You only need them if the books you have aren't at a low enough level for a child learning to read.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 13 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside