Help Your Homeschooler Learn to Read

Helping your homeschooler learn to read

You’ll find lots of programs to help your homeschooler learn to read and write.

However, many of these programs aren’t fun. Children sit for hours at computers or doing worksheets.

Your children need to learn basic skills, and then they need to practice these skills through fun activities.

Too many young readers and writers hate to read and write. It doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t have to be boring.

Using Fun Activities to Help Your Homeschooler Learn to Read

From paper chains to writing poems, from book clubs to crossword puzzles, your children will want to read and write because they’ll be having fun. It’s a known fact that children, as well as adults, learn more when they’re relaxed and happy! Now it’s fun to help your homeschooler learn to read.

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Buy Music, Art, Cook or Cook Books: Do your children love to sing? Do they love to draw? Cook? Or tell jokes? From reading the words to their favorite songs to cooking up the family’s dinner to sharing knock-knock jokes, reluctant readers will be reading.

Make Origami: Without realizing it, kids are reading as they follow directions to make an origami bird. You’ll find books on origami in local book stores, online, at your library. Be sure to help your child pick a book that has origami they can make. Some origami is complicated even if the directions are easy to read.

Make a Vocabulary Paper Chain: You don’t have to have a party to make a paper chain. All you need are scissors and piles of construction paper. Write a new vocabulary word and its definition on each strip of paper, keeping the writing on the outside of each link. Keep adding a new link for each new vocabulary word. Watch the chain grow as your child’s vocabulary grows.

Do Crossword Puzzles, Word Finds and Word Jumbles: Word games and puzzles are perfect for developing minds. They not only build vocabulary but help with following directions and focusing skills. Kids can make their own puzzles. If they want help designing the grid, you can find several puzzle-makers on line.

Play Board Games: Scrabble, Go to the Head of the Class, and Monopoly are just a few of the great board games that are fun and educational. Many board games come in different editions from easy or junior to adult.

Buy Mad Libs: It’s the perfect way to learn parts of speech. Without ever having to do pages of drill looking for nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, kids laugh their way through pages of silly outrageous stories while learning parts of speech.

Get Graphic Novels: Lots of kids love Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants, for example. Search “graphic novels for children” and you’ll find lots of them.

Find old Comic Books: Search your attic for those old Superman, Batman or Spiderman comics. Before you know it, your reluctant reader will be attached his favorite superhero. Or how about even further back for Little LuLu, Donald Duck, and Archie and Veronica.

Start a Book Club: If your local library doesn’t offer a book club, start one yourself. Let your child decide with you on several titles. Invite friends over and hold the first book club meeting. Several online sites have great suggestions for starting book clubs.

If you child still struggles with reading, you’ll need to find the cause. Read my post on reading problems for suggestions.

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Make a Word Collage: Cut words, phrases and sentences out of old magazines. Paste them together to write a story. Cut out or draw pictures to illustrate the story.

Write to a Pen Pal: A pen pal can be a relative or friend that lives in the next town, state or in another country. Children enjoy writing, addressing, and mailing letters to a friend, especially when they get a letter back in the mail.

Keep a Diary: Many kids love to write down what they’ve done every day. A fun routine is to write what you did everyday of your winter vacation. Since it may become too much every day, a special diary can be written just about a holiday dinner or the family vacation.

Not all of these activities will appeal to every child. Let your kids pick what they want to do. Remember your goal is to help your homeschooler learn to read and write and that it doesn’t happen overnight. Just keep moving forward with reading and writing.

Be sure to check out my Tiger Tuesday Reading Program for preK through 3rd grade. Your kids will love it. It’s fun, interactive, and multisensory.

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