Teach Your Kid To Read
February 9, 2021 Adrienne Brown 6 Comments
You can teach your kid to read
My homeschooling journey started when my kids were very young, with me as their main teacher.
In the beginning, I really did not know how to go about teaching them how to read.
Although I had the desire to teach them all that I could, I needed to figure out the best way.
The thought of not getting it right surrounded my heart and mind with overwhelming panic.
I thought it was so far away from my capabilities, yet I could still see it laid out before me.
How to get them to read
I decided to start teaching them to read by reading to them. This meant that I would need to build up my home library.
So we went to every used book store and library sales that we could find scouting out books.
Subsequently, while dad was at work I would read everything that the kids and I had found.
Although my oldest son already knew how to read he still loved this activity.
All of them would stretch out on the floor with their crayons and coloring books. The older two had their sketchbooks and color pencils.
The younger boys would color and the older ones sketched scenes from the story that we were reading at the time.
I read such classics as The Prince and the Pauper, Toby Tyler, The Jungle Book, Little Men, Little women, Alijah from Buxton and many more.
It is the best way to teach your kids how to read
I discovered that reading to my kids was the best strategy that I could have ever used. The kids began to request that I get more and more books so that they could read themselves.
So, I would drive to the different libraries in our area to check out new books. If there was a book sale happening at that library, we would go crazy.
The kids loved reading so much, that we would even spend hour just sitting in the library reading books.
Selecting reading material that is healthy and safe
At first, I chose books based purely upon the fear of failure. That fear kept me in the libraries searching and searching.
Even though I was checking out all kind of books, my efforts were goalless. Then I quickly realized that I needed to create a method with boundaries and safeguards.
On many occasions, the boys brought books to me that had evolution, racism and sexual content.
Those kinds of books were highly inappropriate for us, so they were put right back on the shelves.
Although I didn’t have a precise reading plan, I did know that I did not want my young children exposed to that kind of stuff.
Trust me when I tell you that my young sons were most attracted to comic books. They were filled with big breasted woman and sexual flings.
I could not believe the things Batman and Cat women said in those comics. Because the boys were quite young at the time, they didn’t fully grasp the storyline, yet I understood it completely and I quickly ran interference.
Teach them discernment while teaching them to read.
Then there were the science books beautifully laid out with many gorgeous pictures. Although these books have awesome information about animals people and countries we need to sift through them too.
I found these science books tended to write from an evolutionary point of view. Which is very important if you are teaching your kids that God is the creator of everything.
Consequently, through discernment I began to be more selective with the kids reading choices.
I always explained to them why a book was not good for them to read, and I didn’t have to fight much resistance.
Soon I required the boys to get specific books. They always had to choose an autobiography (on their level), a science book, a historical book, current event, and a mechanical book on how something worked.
Still they could get as many books as they wanted to carry.
Therefore, every time we left the library it was like we had just struck gold.
They loved getting so many books. The librarians loved to see these little boys come up with their canvas bag full of books.
I loved teaching my children how to read. It has been a rewarding journey for me, and I think they enjoyed it also.
This is how I taught my kids to read and how I lead them to become lovers of books.
Please understand that there are many other reading methods that you may choose. But this was the most effective method for our family.
My husband And I have been homeschooling for 26 years now, and It has been a wonderful experience for me. I share the beginning of our journey in my first book.
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January 10, 2016 - 1:58 pm
Good for you, mama!! The library has always been a favorite place, and discovering a great book is like finding that little gold nugget! My kids are all grown now, but we did the same–read to them long before they were able to read and now share books as a family–as a matter of fact, we still have the tradition of giving a new book at Christmas! (We do the four simple gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to READ!)
Nice to meet you! 🙂 stopping by from The Peony Project.
January 10, 2016 - 8:15 pm
I Loved the free treasures that we would find!Thank you
January 10, 2016 - 4:44 pm
This is great, I admire parents who homeschool. It gives a sense of family and respect that a lot of children these days lack.
January 10, 2016 - 8:17 pm
Although it isn’t the only way, it is a very good way to instill respect for others.
January 11, 2016 - 7:00 am
I love reading good books to kids! The 4 year olds I homeschool, though, are still in the stage of actually learning phonics and learning to read–going through the process of learning the sounds that letters and letter blends make–I hope that eventually they’ll gain a love of reading to learn. Those little phonics books that they can handle reading aren’t all that interesting. 😛
January 11, 2016 - 3:48 pm
Oh, I hear you,they aren’t. Yet, somehow I really loved to read the ones I had from Abeka books. I kept those little things in a plastic bag so that they would last for all 4 of my boys. When my little ones couldn’t read , I just gave them crayons and large sheets of paper. I read as they colored, it was a very enriching time for all of us, especially me. Funny how, homeschooling them made me feel as if I was in school, only this time I loved it! Thanks