Whether you’re a homeschooler, teacher or parent, we all know that reading is the foundation, the cornerstone of learning. Without being able to read, students simply will not succeed. Not being able to read will hinder their ability to fully grasp, understand and continue their learning as they grow.
That is probably the reason so many homeschooling parents stress about these early years and want to get a jump on their child’s schooling. While I personally don’t believe in pushing reading on a child at a young age, I do know and understand the pressure of a child being considered “behind” and not reading when others think they should.
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I’ve mentioned before that our oldest began reading very quickly (and easily) in the first few months of kindergarten. At that point, I thought homeschooling was going to be a breeze and all our children would simply follow suit. Even though we didn’t push letters or phonics, we read many books aloud, watched learning videos/shows that continually taught them letters and sounds. However, I quickly found out that wasn’t enough.
When our youngest homeschooler (age 6 now), had just turned 5 I pushed her to start kindergarten, but she simply wasn’t ready. We waited a few months, tried again and still found she just wasn’t quite there. I allowed her to sit near us as I worked with our middle two and eventually she was ready to sit, learn and grasp the concepts we were teaching.
Last Fall I was introduced to a new-to-me curriculum called The Good & the Beautiful. I was so excited to start using it with our children and see if this was the right fit for them. And in fact, it has been!! I am so pleased with how well our youngest homeschooler has picked up with these lessons.
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When we started she didn’t even know all her letters. She couldn’t recognize them at all – not even all the ones in her name. The pre-requisite to begin the kindergarten curriculum is that they have to be able to recognize all their letters – both upper and lowercase.
My husband worked tirelessly with her over a month’s time to drill them in to her head. They made up funny songs, rhymes, motions and more to help it stick. Finally after a full 4 weeks of working on them, she mastered them all! It was a glorious day! We even had a small party to celebrate!
After that, we started working through the lessons. It has been a slow process with her, as she is extremely artistic minded and loves to move, dance and sing – not sit at a table doing lessons. However, we have made headway and I am so pleased with her progress.
She is starting to recognize the sight words and blends we have been working through on signs as we drive down the road. She is remembering non-sight words we have read in the stories and poems. She is eager to do her lessons each day and works hard to improve and move forward. She is loving the curriculum and so am I!
Reading is the foundation on which learning is built and without it, we work at a terrible disadvantage. In years past I have worried what others thought about my children not reading at the age of 3, or even 6. But, as I will share later this month, I no longer worry about it. I know it will happen when they are ready. However, that doesn’t mean we give up. We keep fighting for our children and with them to help them improve daily.
Although our daughter will not finish the Kindergarten curriculum in our 180 days this year, we plan to continue her lessons through the summer to help her continue improving and not lose the progress she has already made. As I have seen in my older children, progress will happen, she will improve and she will read.
So, why do we keep using it? I love that the lessons are easily laid out for you. If you need to repeat a lesson, go ahead. This is what homeschooling is all about! No one is telling you how fast (or slow) you need to go. The most important part is that they completely grasp the concept.
The Language Arts curriculum includes reading, writing, literature, spelling, grammar & punctuation, vocabulary, geography, and art all in one course! I also love that the program is phonics based, which in turn creates strong readers and excellent writers! As I mentioned before, there is literally no daily prep time. You just open the book and follow the instructions, learning and exploring along with your child! In a busy home with 5 kids (soon-to-be 6), this is essential!
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!
**Special gift for In All You Do Readers!!**
Are you concerned about disrespect, inappropriate language and material, and low educational and literary value in the books your children are reading? Jenny Phillips and her team have spent thousands of hours scouring and reviewing all genres of literature to bring you Jenny’s top-recommended books for children and teens. Jenny has found these books to be free from unclean language, taking God’s name in vain, and disrespectful or inappropriate behavior made to look funny or acceptable.
Jenny Phillips, the creator of The Good & the Beautiful, is offering a FREE Book List to In All You Do Readers throughout the month of March! This book list includes:
- 117-page PDF document
- Reviews of and information on 546 recommended books
- Books are reading levels 2-10 that Jenny Phillips found to have clean language and content and be of the highest literary and moral value
Not only does The Good & the Beautiful have Language Arts Curriculum, they also offer a full range of Science curriculum as well! Their science, health, and safety unit study packets are faith-based and designed for Grades K-6.
- There are 9 different topics in all – Arthopods, Intro to Energy, Energy, Kingdoms & Classification, Meteorology, Safety, Space Science, The Human Body and Water.
- Each packet includes lesson extensions for Grades 7-8. (In 2020 or later, we anticipate releasing high school science courses.)
- These unit studies can be done “family style.”
- Each lesson is designed to take 40-60 minutes.
- New units are added throughout the year.
- Physical units are printed in high-quality on 80# coated paper for vibrant images
Enter below for your chance to win!
Jenny Phillips, the creator of The Good & the Beautiful, is graciously giving away a Science Unit of your choice ($18.99-$27.99 value) to ONE lucky reader!! Simply enter below for your chance to win! This giveaway ends March 23, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be notified no later than 5pm (EST) on March 26th and will have 3 business days to claim their prize. If the original winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.