But it is quite a challenge to actually do this when your children and students are older and they are reading chapter books very quickly. When my kids were younger, I would pre-read any literature that they read independently but then I could hardly keep up with my son when he entered middle and then high school and could read just as fast as I could. I would comb through on-line reading lists but was quite surprised to see A LOT of innapropriate content and offensive language in several books that were "highly recommended." Really??? Forget the highly acclaimed literary merit when the book is tainted.
But my girlfriend has come to save the day (really my nights of pre-reading)! She recently introduced me to a site that I know I will use for many years. Thanks Traci! :)
It is www.thrivingfamily.com run by Focus on the Family. This site provides reviews on popular chapter books. I LOVE IT! Now I can quickly see the positive and negative elements of a book and then form my own opinion on if I would like my older children to read that particular book. That's so cool! I just get super excited about time-savers!
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