Before we ever began homeschooling I stressed over teaching our children to read. I knew this was the cornerstone of learning and it needed to be done right. I learned to read early and truthfully, I always thought my children would too, even though my husband was always a slower reader and our children take after him more than me.
However, the biggest surprise came with our third child. She has done math problems in her head since she was about 4 years old. In fact, she (7 years old) and our second child (9 years old) are both doing 3rd grade work. Not only because they are just 14 months apart, but because when I started working with our #2 on math, she kept coming over and answering the questions for him. I got her a book of her own and she’s been with us ever since.
But reading didn’t come as easy for her. In fact, it has been down right difficult! Being such a quick learner in math, she thought she would pick up reading quickly as well. After 18 months of pounding through a curriculum that was frustrating her as much as it was us, we finally found The Good & the Beautiful and we couldn’t be more thrilled with her progress!
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When we began the Language Arts program late last summer/early fall, she was so far behind we just started over at the Kindergarten level. There were so many holes and missing pieces from what little she had picked up that it was not surprising her reading efforts were failing.
Once we began using The Good & the Beautiful consistently, we have seen drastic improvements. In fact, this past week she expressed interest in getting a chapter book to start reading on her own! That is a huge accomplishment!
But it didn’t happen overnight or without tears shed (from both of us). It has been a long and tough road for us, but together we are pushing through and moving forward. She is like many other students her age and just needs to take reading at her pace. But, how do you do that when everyone else is telling you to go, Go, GO?
Take a step back and remember the reason you began homeschooling – to teach your children in the best way they learn! And that includes reading, even if it is at a slower pace. Believe me…they will love you for not pushing them harder and they will improve over time. This is what we’ve found works for our kids.
Use a curriculum with phonics
After some trial and error in our curriculum choices, we finally found one that works – and now we know why! The Good & the Beautiful teaches phonics from the get-go (at least from the Kindergarten level up, we have not used the PreK level). As a child I struggled with some reading starting in 3rd grade and my parents and teacher finally realized it was because I never learned phonics. Once that happened, I excelled. I have also seen the difference in my own children, so yes…a curriculum that teaches phonics from the beginning is a MUST in my opinion.
Find the right match for your child
While our oldest worked through one curriculum and did very well, our middle three have struggled with it. That is another reason we began looking into a different option. Even though every child learns in their own way, The Good & the Beautiful covers them all. So what does that mean? It means the program is designed to help children with all different learning styles – together! That’s what makes it so wonderful and easy to use in a group!
Don’t set a time table or schedule
Our oldest read early on in his kindergarten year, so of course I set the same time table with our second child. Only…that didn’t work! He wasn’t ready and struggled so much that we usually spent most of our lessons in tears. I learned from then on that time tables/schedules needed to be set per child. There is no one time table that will work for every single child. The beauty of homeschooling is that we can take the time we need with each child to meet their individual needs!
DO celebrate achievements (big or small)
Learning to read is a milestone in a child’s (or person’s) life. One thing I have learned from my struggling readers is to celebrate every single achievement, whether big or small. Celebrate when they can complete a chart of sight words without mistakes. Celebrate when they complete a section in the reader. And make it a party when they read their first chapter book! Whatever the achievement, celebrate. This will help keep them motivated and push them forward too.
Relax and enjoy the journey, together
We’ve heard it before, but homeschooling is a journey and a lifestyle, not something we just “do”. There are easy times and hard times, but all have a purpose and should be celebrated and enjoyed together. Reading is the foundation of an education. It cannot be forced or holes will appear, nor can it be neglected because it is hard.
This past year I have relaxed so much in my own expectations of our reading journey and changed our curriculum. Those two changes have made all the difference in our learning environment and experience. It has also drastically improved our children’s learning and reading abilities far beyond the expectations I had set. So, take a deep breath. Relax. And enjoy the ride.
Whether you’re looking for a new Language Arts Curriculum, a different approach or something else, I highly encourage you to check out The Good & the Beautiful! It has changed our homeschooling for the better!
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