The books themselves are...interesting. We've had a couple about bunnies, one on Mount Rushmore and the latest on Sally Ride the first female astronaut (hence the astrophysicist). Yes, she's learning some new words and increasing her reading ability. But the books she's bringing home just aren't all that fun or interesting. She loves to read. She reads all the time. Books she prefers to the one she's forced to read each night for this new program. She's just learning this skill and really enjoying it. Do we really have to kill her enthusiasm by giving her assigned reading that's boring? Isn't freshman English time enough for that?
I know there are kids in her class that are struggling. Those same kids are probably the ones that don't read at home on a regular basis already. But we do. Perhaps I'm missing the point of the exercise (which is entirely possible) but really, is there anything wrong with wanting to choose the books we read at this stage in the game?
P.S. We love Sweet Pea's teacher! I really don't think this is a reflection on her. I think it's probably more about the program we're using which isn't her fault.