Are you thinking about homeschooling or have begun homeschooling your older children and have a toddler or preschooler? Are you wondering if you can teach your child to read?
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It’s one of the many things we think about (worry about) when we are considering homeschooling our children. I wish I had homeschooled my three children right from the start, but I didn’t and unfortunately, I can’t go back and redo it.
Two of my three children struggled with learning to read (Miss 13, the youngest, picks up everything with lightning speed). So now, unfortunately, I am the only one in the family who loves to read – although Mr 16 can be found reading about his favorite subject, soccer, even though he struggled through the early school years.
If I had known how easy it would be to homeschool from the beginning, and how much my children would grow and flourish, nothing would have stopped me.
If you are one of the lucky ones and are thinking about homeschooling right from the beginning, reading is, most likely, on your mind.
- afraid you don’t have the skills to teach your child to read
- thinking ‘what if I can’t do it?’
- thinking ‘what if I fail my child?’
- feeling scared, apprehensive, torn…
- thinking you really should send your child to school…
You can teach your child to read.
But you don’t have to do it alone.
The beauty of the internet and all the wonderful technology available today means homeschooling your children is easier than ever – one of the many reasons homeschooling is having such a resurgence.
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Children Learning Reading
Children Learning Reading begins with the basics and is all about phonetics.
According to the National Reading Panel, the best way to teach children to read is by teaching them to manipulate phonemes in words. Children who are taught phonics are better able to read, spell, and even comprehend text better. Even older children who are having difficulty with reading and spelling improve greatly using this method.
The founders of Children Learning Reading even state that children as young as two years old can learn to read through phonics and phonemic awareness instructions. If a young child can speak, then they should be able to learn to read, even if they are as young as two years old!
To find out more about Children Leaning Reading CLICK HERE. There are lots of freebies and free trials so you won’t be wasting any money – one thing homeschoolers don’t always have a lot of.
Reading Head Start
Reading Head Start is a complete curriculum of guided reading lessons created by Sara Shepherd, an English teacher. As well as the guided lessons, there are hundreds of activities, games, workbooks, and movies. Reading Head Start also has a dedicated and ever-growing members section.
Reading Head Start also has other products available – Writing Head Start and Spelling Head Start.
Click Here to get your FREE Reading Head Start Flashcards.
One of the most important things we can do for our children is to give them a good head start in life.
And the sooner they master reading, the easier learning everything else will be for them.
Don’t make the same mistake I did in believing the education system knew better than me and would be able to teach my three children – all with different learning styles – how to read.
Some days will be more difficult than others so remember you can take a break and begin again tomorrow.
If you are looking for more homeschooling resources, check out the post – Best Homeschool Resources.
Most important of all, our children are small for such a short time so,
Enjoy the Journey.
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.