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How do we teach our kids to read?

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I am sure this is a common question among parents, and especially among homeschooling parents. I find this question a little redundant. We could just as easily ask, “how am I going to teach my baby to walk?” or, “how am I going to teach my child to talk?” We could stress about these questions and yet we don’t, so why do we let ourselves stress about teaching our children to read?

I would say that the best way to teach reading to our children is to provide a rich learning environment, to model reading by reading yourself, and to read to your kids on a regular basis. Make reading a part of your daily life and your children will want to be a part of that world. I would also say that teaching basic phonics is a great stepping stool to reading.

In our house we have always read to the kids. Right from when they first started liking books we have read with them. Just as you teach a child to talk by saying words, and interacting with them, so too you teach to read by reading to them and showing them words. Audiobooks are a great choice if you are not available to sit and read with them.


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  1. Yes, reading to your kids, reading yourself and having a text rich environment are all key. But we used The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and my son went from just knowing the sounds of the alphabet to reading at a third grade level in about a year and a half. http://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Parents-Guide-Teaching-Reading/dp/0972860312/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

  2. yes, not teaching them, only letting them get the knowledge of reading (and everything else) by themselves, lets them really enjoy it. it is then something they did on their own, something they would like lifelong, not only because others wished they should do it…

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