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Homeschool Reading - Ideas To Get Kids Reading

Reading is an important skill to have as one goes through life, no doubt; but reading can also be entertaining and relaxing.

If you love to read but your children seem lukewarm, here are a few ideas that might encourage them.

Reading Break

Many kids like the concept of having a reading break. It's time for everyone to stop what they're doing, jump into their pajamas, pull out their favorite books and pile onto their parent's bed.

Everyone reads on the bed, because the ground is hot lava. One child may hog the pillow area, another hang off the foot of the bed and someone is bound to use your stomach as a prop for their head.

Make sure this time is not too long for your young readers or they'll come to dread it. Make it short and keep them wanting.

Changing Places

Everyone, with their book in hand, finds a place to read. After 10 minutes or so, you tell everyone to change spots. You can be as creative as you want with your reading locations. Try out the bathtub, under the kitchen table with a pillow, or on the dog's bed.

Homeschool Reading - Unidentified Quotes

Without your kids seeing, take some of their books off the shelves and find some good, quotable sentences. Read each sentence out loud and let them guess which book it's from. Chances are, it will remind them how much they liked these books; and they'll want to read them again. They might also learn to appreciate good quotes.

Library Blind Twirl

Take the troops to the library and find an aisle the kids don't normally go to (but is still kids-related). One at a time, tell a kid to shut their eyes and twirl them around slowly. With eyes still closed, they will grab 5 or 10 books from different shelves. Then with eyes open, they can look at the books and check out the ones that look interesting.

It never hurts to help nurture a love of reading in your children.

Give them a nudge and provide them with ample opportunities to be around books.

Homeschool Reading Tips - Reading Out Loud

Reading out loud to children of all ages is very important. It is so helpful in their development as readers and also in their mastery of language. Studies have shown that children that don't have people reading aloud to them struggle in their school work. Reading out loud to children can expand their vocabularies, foster more vivid imaginations, and help them learn pronunciation skills. Some sentences or sections of books or even whole books may get skipped over if a child is only reading to himself. When the text is beyond the child's level of literacy, they are much more likely to choose something else to read. When children are read aloud to they are exposed to literature that they normally would pass over.It can be good for kids to hear books that are above their own reading levels. They are exposed to sentence structure, words, and concepts that they would not normally encounter on their own. Their brains are being fed and nurtured and they do not even realize it. They are just enjoying the experience of having someone read to them.

The experience of read-aloud time is a great bonding time between a mother and her child or an older sibling and a younger sibling. They are coming together over a book they both enjoy and sharing a pleasant time together. When homeschool reading is turned into a pleasurable experience it helps motivate them to love and enjoy books. So often books turn into 'just part of school' or into 'work' and many children get really turned off from books in that way. When reading becomes a chore, they simply to not want to do it. Doing all that we can as parents to show them how wonderful an experience reading is will do tremendous good in keeping them excited about reading.

As your children get older, don't stop reading aloud. My son is 16 and reading aloud is still one his favorite homeschool activities. Experts suggest that we continue to read to children of all ages. We want to keep them interested in reading for pleasure. So if we read to them or have family reading time let everyone take turns reading. This will help them continue to associate books with pleasure.

Homeschool Reading - Labeling Your House

There is a fun and simple way to get your kids started recognizing some basic words. The best part is you can do it easily without having to spend any money - you label all of the things in your house. The kids will enjoy getting involved in the onging process of labeling things. You will need some small strips of paper, a pair of scissors, a pen or maker and some tape. You just go through the house room by room, looking for things to label. Constant repetition of these basic words will help your child recognize them by sight and can also begin to help with letter recognition. This is a very basic step in the learning to read process and will not help with phonics skills. It is, however, a very important step and a fun way for your child to begin to 'know' words on his own.The best thing about using labels all over the house is that your child will consider it 'play'. He'll love to help you cut the paper and hang the labels, making it more like a craft than an educational experience. All the while he'll be learning an important foundation to a life of literacy - what a great combination!

Homeschool Reading - A Cookbook

An activity that will help with reading and make your little one feel a bit more grown up is helping you cook from a cookbook. You can explain to your child that it is important to put the ingredients in and follow the instructions in the recipe in order. Then you let your child be in charge of reading the recipe to you as you make the dish. You will, of course, give them any help they need. They can also read the labels on the ingredients you are using. For instance, they can help you differentiate between baking powder and baking soda and make sure you get the right one. Perhaps you might even let them fix your 'mistake' when you pick up the wrong one. They will feel so smart and helpful.When you can get a child excited about things - helping in the kitchen and feeling like a big kid - you help to raise their confidence and also their motivation to really enjoy books and reading. Getting creative and changing things up can inspire children to get reading!

Homeschool Reading - Phonics Activity to Help Your Emerging Reader

An important part of teaching your children to read is phonics instruction. Teaching phonics is teaching them about the blending of letters to make certain sounds and also introducing them to the relationship between printed letters and spoken words. So we are not just dealing with multiple letter blends, but, also, understanding that the letter 'd' in the word 'dog' makes the 'd' sound.As children are learning the relationship between letters and sounds, a fun activity will allow them to practice what they are learning.

Homeschool Reading - Alphabet Trail

Make a trail of alphabet footprints so you and your children can sing the alphabet song as you walk along the ABC path. Use some sturdy cardstock, cut out 26 footprints and write one letter of the alphabet on each one. Secure them on the floor with packing tape in order but in a gently curving path. Step on the letters one at a time, in order, and sing each letter as you step on it. Now let the child try it and sing along with him as he walks the path.As parents, we must guide our children to become lifelong readers and lifelong learners. We can do that at home with some fun family bonding time, and in so doing, we will also be strengthening our families.

Homeschool Reading - Resources

I received the following information from the REACH Homeschool Support Group I belong to in Virginia and wanted to pass it on to everyone. is thrilled to announce the arrival of the first ever book club featuring fictional children's books with homeschooled characters! This book club is designed BY homeschoolers FOR homeschoolers, and is perfect for co-ops, support groups, and family studies.

Each book in the Book Club is studied using a mixture of worksheets, hands-on activities, and online games. Activities are available for both older and younger student groups. All books included in the Book Club can be easily obtained either at your local library, local book stores or, via online retailers such as

Best of all, participation in the Book Club is ABSOLUTELY FREE!! Simply come by to register, and you can access all of the Book Club materials immediately!. While you are there, check out our large and growing list of book reviews for homeschoolers.

Another resource I've found is the "Children Learning Reading" program. The developers of this program are teaching their own children to read at age 2. If you would like to check out this program further you may do so just

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