Homeschool Preschool: The Alternative Way To Teach Your Child To Read
Deciding to teach your child to read is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your child’s
future. You might make this decision for a number of different reasons; it may be that you have decided to
homeschool your child, or that you have decided to give your child a head start for school. The reasons are as
varied as the number of parents out there.
If you have decided to homeschool preschool your child, it can be an intimidating prospect if you do not have a
plan and a method, as you do not have the luxury of failure.
Then again, sending your child to school and leaving the responsibility up to the school system also does not
leave room for failure, only for blame.
On the bright side however, it is something that anyone can do at home, regardless of education. It takes
dedication (but you are already a dedicated parent who wants the absolute best for your child), but not necessarily
a lot of time or effort.
With the right attitude and the right method to leverage your time and your child’s inherent strengths, you can
easily teach your child to read a book (for their level) in 30 days.
The biggest hurdle to overcome is to keep your child’s interest. You do this in 2 ways:
1. Keep your reading sessions very short
Reading is a lot like exercising your muscles. When going to the gym for the first time, you will not be
exercising for a long time.
In the same way, when teaching your child to read, it being entirely new to them, you should keep the sessions
very short. In this way you will ensure that your child will finish their lesson wanting more, rather than already
being bored and not looking forward to their next session.
2. Engage your child with his or her interests
It is very difficult to force a child to do anything that they resent doing. Remember our goal here is to make
your child a proficient reader and you can only do this if they enjoy reading.
The best way to do this is to use subjects that are of interest to your child. If you teach them using material
that they find boring, like "the cat sat on the mat", you will find that it is a complete waste of your time and
theirs, as nothing will be retained.
However, if you engage your child with material that interests them, you will keep their interest long after the
lesson has finished. For example, if your child is interested in baseball, or motorbikes or Barbie, then use this
as a basis for your lessons.
In this way your child will also begin to read whenever they see these words on TV, billboards, the packaging on
their toys, etc.
Homeschooling your child is an alternative and rather unusual choice. Most people balk at the idea, yet if
you have a method (like Teach Your Child To Read & Reading with Phonics) and a goal,
nothing can be more rewarding.
By: Trinity Montecristo
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