Teaching reading is usually one of the first parts of language arts parents think about teaching to their children. However, it actually comes in at “level four” in the grand scope of language arts as a whole.
We teach handwriting skills, phonics, and spelling before reading. Each skill builds on the last and all are used throughout each level that follows.
Reading lessons may start informally around age four. As always, this is truly up to the discretion of you and based on your child’s readiness. It is normal for children to be age 8 or older before grasping all or any language arts concepts!
This article is part of a series meant to encourage and prepare moms to teach language arts at home to their children using almost any program.
- My approach to teaching language arts is very loosely based on the Spalding method which I have adapted to meet our needs as a large homeschooling family who embraces a lifestyle of learning.
- My goal is to show you how to teach yourself language arts so that you can teach your children language arts – while instilling a love of learning in your children.
- You will learn how to be intentional in language arts instruction so that you are prepared and able to utilize almost any language arts curriculum to your benefit.
- You may even realize you can create your own curriculum using the simplest and cheapest materials like notebooks and pencils!
- I recommend that you teach language arts to your children by example as soon as possible as an extension of parenting.
All About Teaching Reading For Homeschool Moms
Definition of reading:
- 1.the skill of reading written material.
Teaching Reading In Real Life
- Once you and your child have a solid grasp of phonics and have had an introduction to spelling rules then you can begin formal reading instructions.
- This is when the skills gained through phonics and spelling are used to sound out words and practice reading them in sentences.
- Reading is the desired outcome and expected result of learning/teaching phonics and spelling first.
- In fact, you have already been teaching reading through phonics and spelling, but now you will be dedicating time to reading practice in addition to, or alternately with, phonics/spelling lessons.
- Remember that when you read to your child, you are taking the first step in teaching them not only how to read, but to love reading. That is half the “battle” won.
Favorite Reading Instruction and Practice Resources
The PHONICS Road to Spelling and Reading Level One Complete Curriculum SetSpell to Write And Read / Core Kit – Teacher’s EditionPathway Readers Complete Set (13 Hardcover Books)All About Reading, Level 1, Teachers ManualMcGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, 7 Volume Set: Primer Through The SixthThe New England Primer of 1777
How To Teach Reading At Home
Over the course of several years, implement the following:
- Use a curriculum or guide that teaches reading through phonics and spelling.
- Continue phonics and spelling instruction since this is the basis of their reading foundation.
- Choose early readers that use words you have been teaching through phonics/spelling, preferably without pictures, so they can focus on reading skills without distraction.
- Start sitting down with your child several times each week to let them practice reading to/with you.
- Reinforce the phonics and spelling rules you have been teaching them as they read.
- Daily practice is great at this stage, but if they are really struggling, then don’t force them to spend minutes trying to sound out words only to become frustrated.
- Take it as a hint to slow down on the actual reading and keep going on the phonics/spelling practice.
- “Test” their reading skills every few days and once they seem to be taking off, start daily practice again.
- Once they are reading smoothly and can read/pronounce almost every word they come to, then encourage them to start reading on their own.
- Expect them to read to themselves out loud or in a whisper. It may take a while before they can read to themselves silently.
- Continue spending time listening to them read several times a week until you feel they are fluently reading.
- Every few weeks, ask them to read out loud to you to assess their progress.
- In order to “test” their reading comprehension, have them draw you a picture about the story they just read or to narrate the story back to you. These are unplanned, gentle, and informal “book reports” that work well for elementary grades.
- Every few months, tell them to choose a short book to read to themselves and then narrate the story back to you. This is a great way to encourage them to intentionally read the story and is a gentle introduction to literature study.
- Compare their surprise/expected “book reports” to each other and take a mental note. How they handle each is a look at their unique learning style and an opportunity for you to customize their education!
- Feed their love of reading by providing them with interesting, wholesome, and educational reading materials they will love.
Remind them that learning to read unlocks the ability to learn about anything they want to know about! Model the love of learning through books by reading yourself.
Feel free to leave a comment or question and I will do my best to address them.