According to USA Today, another study, to be published later this year in the journal Reading Psychology, found that simply giving low-income children 12 books (of their own choosing) on the first day of summer vacation "may be as effective as summer school" in preventing "summer slide" -- the degree to which lower-income students slip behind their more affluent peers academically every year.
A lot of unschoolers (homeschoolers who don't follow a set curriculum) report that their kids learned to read from video games. My own oldest son has learned more reading from video games than from the reading practice we've done together; math, too. We joke that this past year, the "Morrowind Curriculum" was very effective for him. (He just turned 9 last week.)
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