Yay! It is finally Friday! I am only excited because Friday’s I can be a lazy parent, let the kids stay up a little late and sleep in the next morning. We all need times like that. At least I do. Every week sometimes becomes monotonous and boring. The same routine every day….so why not have a “I don’t care” kind of day!? This past week I feel like we have not been very productive. If any of you homeschool you may relate to this. Sometimes, more times than not, my plans just do not go the way I hope. I feel like all I do is clean, cook and do laundry!
BUT, I do know my kids are learning. When they aren’t writing or reading something it doesn’t mean they aren’t learning. They have become more responsible little things as the days go by. They are assigned tasks and chores….always helping each other. When a question arises they know how to search for an answer. Yes, they are learning independence! Now at the end of the day or week you’d think I would feel accomplished….nope Lol. Daddy-O seems to think so and that is important to me. There are times when I see that they have been learning after all. Paranoid, worried mom here!
Anyways, I wanted to share with you how I have been teaching my girls to read. Let me say first that every child learns at different paces and styles. For some it comes easy and others it is challenging. I have had to re-teach my now seven year old a lot of phonics and it has been a struggle. I do believe we are making a break-through and getting close. I have been working on her confidence as well and that is a huge thing when it comes to learning how to read.
Everyday she has to read one book. It is usually the same one until she reads it with no problems. Before I started this with her we used Progressive Phonics. I believe it is so very important to cover phonics right after you teach them to say the alphabet. We have not even covered every section on this website yet but it has helped get her to where she is. Progressive Phonics is free and available to everyone to download and print. They have everything you need.
So, I started by taking her to the library so that she can pick within her reading level. It did take some time for her to find what she was interested in. This is another important thing because if it does not spark any interest than it is really hard for them to move forward in reading. We finally figured out what she loves and shown progress with. Dr. Suess! Right now she is still reading “Oh, the Thinks you can Think!” It is her favorite right now and she is only struggling with one or two words.
I only have a few Dr. Suess books, so I decided to check out Amazon. I am a prime member (Free two day shipping and a lot more!) so it makes it very easy for me to order lol. They have some awesome deals on these books! Seriously, I spent over $20 at Barne’s and Noble for just 3 books. On Amazon I paid $28 for 7 books. Not trying to sell you anything but it is awesome to save money right??
So, if you are homeschooling or just want to help your child with reading this summer, phonics is your best bet along with reading as much as possible. Whether she/he reads or you read to them. The more they see it and do it the better they get. The spelling and writing will become easier for them also. So don’t stress this because eventually it will all come together and learning in every subject will become a breeze.
Before I go I would like to share a couple more websites that help keep learning fun in this department. My absolute favorite is Teach Your Monster to Read:
Teach your Monster to Read is a series of games that help children to master the key first stages of reading.
Combining top quality game design with essential learning, the games complement most systematic synthetic phonics programmes.
They have been designed in collaboration with leading academics from Roehampton University.
Another wonderfully Free website is ABCya:
If you sign-up for an ad free subscription you do have to pay but they have many free games. My kids really enjoy it. It is for levels Pre-K to Fifth. It is not only for reading, they have other subjects like math as well. One of my daughters was struggling with multiplication and they had some great skip counting games that really helped her.
I probably have 100 more I could share but these are at the top of my list and we use them almost daily. I hope I have helped in some way. If you would like any help or need more ideas for websites and resources please leave a comment or come see me on Facebook, Homeschool info,. advice and tips.