How to Teach Your Child to Read at Home, How to Teach Your Child to Read at Home, How to Teach Your Child to Read at Home
First allow me to supply a brief run-down on exactly what worked, and just what didn’t, within my “adventure” teaching my kiddies to read:
The only time we sent any of our youngsters to a traditional school ended up being the season our earliest child, and just daughter, went to a Christian school for kindergarten. She had a positive experience here, made straight “A’s” and was “valedictorian” of her kindergarten course. Moreover, by the full time she “graduated” she could read at a grade level that is second. When we began home-schooling her the next year I really only had to do some phonics review and then we jumped right into using the Bob Jones University Press reading program.
My oldest son started home-schooling two years later on and I decided to use the same phonics program that had worked with my daughter. This program is a main-stream Christian phonics program and it is used at many Christian schools but when I was to find out, it’s definitely not the best program to use in a home-school setting (whether it's an excellent program to utilize at traditional schools i'm not going to speculate on…it demonstrably worked for my daughter but how well it works for kids who possess a different learning design I don’t know). I struggled for three years trying to make this program work with my son! So if you are kicking your self for maybe picking the “wrong curriculum” for your child, know that you are not alone! We sincerely wish I had chucked the program and found something else but I was still a “newbie” home-schooler in some respects, therefore I decided to tough it down. My son’s issue wasn’t he couldn’t decode the words (in other words. sound them out) but alternatively, he struggled with fluency which will be, needless to say, the goal. I was lucky to have a home-schooling friend suggest the “Explode the Code” series as my son had been entering 3rd grade and just several months of review with this specific program undoubtedly did explode my son’s ability that is reading. He soon was so in love with publications that he would bring one with him every-where we went.
After my experience that is disappointing with mainstream program it absolutely was a no-brainer as to what I would utilize to teach reading to my second son. We were only available in kindergarten with “Explode the Code” and a set of readers (more on those later). I couldn’t think exactly how simple it had been to teach my son to just read using these two resources. Totally painless. For both of us! I happened to be 40 and have been home-schooling for over 10 years when my youngest son was created. My small guy is a very child that is unique had a fascination with terms through the time he was an infant. It could take a whole post to explain what after all, but suffice it to state that all it took had been exposing him to a few phonics DVD’s and games and by age 4 he had essentially taught himself to read.