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Seeking great subject-matter introductions for a voraciously curious kid

My ten-year old son wants to understand everything. He is a voracious reader and doesn't confine himself to kids books. He loves reading the newspaper (NYTimes, Boston Globe), fiction, and non-fiction books. He's old enough to really learn things by reading. Agatha Christie is fun, but he's ready for more than that. He's full of questions about society, politics, science, economics. I'd like to get him some books that will expand his mind, begin answering his questions, and show him how the world fits together. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 1, 2016 - 43 answers

Student reading way too challenging books - why is this a bad idea?

I'm a native English speaking ESL tutor in Taiwan. I've recently been hired to teach a 5.5 year old (social studies and reading.) His parents are insisting that he read from books aimed at 9-12 year old native speakers. This kid is bright, but his reading comprehension is nowhere near a native speaking kid 5 years older than him. I don't have any formal training in teaching young kids and only about a year of job experience but this seems like a terrible idea. What are arguments I can use to convince the parents to give him material that is more in line with his abilities? [more inside]
posted by horizons on Jun 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me expand my descriptive vocabulary!

I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Mar 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking without seeing: art appreciation edition

I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking a quote that likens learning to read to an acrobatic task

Asking for a Montessori teacher friend: Can anyone help me find a quote about learning to read? It likens the task of reading to an acrobatic task. I can't remember the origin and haven't been able to come up with a single clue. It's just the perfect way to sum up the "reading process system" which is a boring way to say all the stuff that happens in your brain when you read. I need it for a reading workshop on Saturday. Thanks!
posted by librarina on Apr 30, 2014 - 1 answer

[academic/reading-geek filter] how to take notes on books within books?

My apologies for this very convoluted question...tl;dr: I guess I'm asking how people deal with taking notes from books, not just on the book's content and structure etc, but mapping bodies of literatures mentioned in those books. I would love to hear if you have a system that works for you. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Where to find free non-literary book summaries?

This summer I have a lot of reading to do: some books about physics and math applied to sports, others about evidence-based sport conditioning, objectivism, ... stuff that built up because I didn't had to read it. When I read books I like to have a top down view of the subject but most books' introduction fail to do so, either because it is too short and not enough to give a good overview of each chapter or because they not even try to summarise the contents of the books and on how to use the book. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Aug 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Spanish reading for the beginner?

Recommendations for beginning Spanish reading? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Y Kant Anoni Read

Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 - 20 answers

How to REALLY read a book?

I am about to embark on a massive technical book reading escapade. Please share your information retention methods. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Mar 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Learning how to read: a primer

Recommend to me materials to help a 5 year old learn to read. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Dec 27, 2010 - 25 answers

How to get my young cousin hooked into reading

How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Dec 27, 2010 - 42 answers

Name this area of study

I'm interested in the intersection of corporations and government. I come from a legal background What area of study would you class this as, and what reading could you give me? Bonus points for UK-specific, but US and global are fine as well. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Oct 26, 2010 - 2 answers

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact?

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

In sixteen hundred and something something, recommend me a novel.

Please recommend an excellent historical novel about life in 17th-century North America (preferably New England). I'm re-reading Toni Morrison's A Mercy right now, and I'm looking for more stuff about the day-to-day life -- chores, food, bartering, the intersection of European colonists with indigenous American populations, etc. I s'pose I'd be okay with a nice non-fiction book, too, but the preference is for fiction.
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 10, 2010 - 34 answers

Great Fiction, Online? Does It Exist?

Where can I find great works of fiction online or in some sort of text form that I can read on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 19, 2009 - 27 answers

Your favorite interesting, specific question in philosophy

Philosophy Filter: What are some fresh and interesting questions or topics in philosophy? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 6, 2009 - 21 answers

Did Richard Feynman have a brother?

I'd like to learn about biology. Can you recommend some books to get me started? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on Jun 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Nonfiction accessible to the layman?

Nonfiction accessible to the layman? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Dec 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Say it wasn't all for nothing...

I'm strugging to come to terms with the fact that I've read such a seemingly extraordinary number of books yet seem to remember so very little. The obvious answer is to apply oneself more rigidly, in future, to study; to take notes and review them, etc. However, I really don't feel like writing extensive plot summaries every time I read a book, neither does this help me deal with the very distressing realisation that I don't know as much as I should do. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jun 5, 2008 - 22 answers

Johnny Can't Remember

How can I remember more of what I read? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Language Limbo

JapaneseLanguageFilter: I am looking for good practice reading materials that are a happy medium. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jun 10, 2007 - 9 answers

What does that say?

Help me help someone with literacy problems. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Mar 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Why isn't 'phoenetic' spelled the way it sounds?

What games and/or toys were most useful in helping your preschooler learn to read? [more inside]
posted by mike9322 on Aug 16, 2005 - 12 answers

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