If You Can Do Just One Thing…

Are you new to home school? Are you wondering where to begin?

Have you been homeschooling for a while and need to bring new energy to your home schooling?  

Perhaps you have had the winter bug go around your home and you got off track?

Maybe you have some elementary aged children struggling to learn to read.

The one thing you can do is...


Pick up a good book and start reading to your children, today! 

Thomas Edison was not reading at nine years old. His mom took him out of school and fired his imagination by picking up good books and reading to him.

Maybe you are on bed rest and homeschooling is difficult? Gather your children around, pick up a good book and start reading to your children, today!

Life just got chaotic over the holidays and you are struggling to get into the learning groove? Pick up a good book and start reading to your children, today!

Let the younger ones build, draw, or hat loom at your feet and keep their hands busy while you read aloud.

Reading aloud and stopping before they are ready to stop, sets them up for more. You can learn almost anything from books. You can learn about science, history, geography, the arts, math, and more, from reading.

Once children can read, they need three types of reading experiences each day. They need to:
1. They need someone to read aloud to them.
2. They need to read silently.
3. They need to read aloud.

These are three different skills. Family Scripture study can hit all three. I prefer reading aloud the stories in the King James Bible, with its rich imagery and vocabulary. As children hear the bible read aloud they build understanding and vocabulary. When children read silently they can build up speed. When children read aloud they begin to associate words they have heard before and build a broader visual vocabulary. When children read aloud they build decoding skills and can learn to bring expression to their reading.

I feel that it is great to let children read books they are interested in for their silent reading. Even when children can read independently, they still need to be read aloud to! When you read aloud it can broaden and help build visual vocabulary, as your children follow over your shoulder and see words you are reading. You are more likely to figure out, or look up a new word, where your children may often say, there is that "p" word again and skip learning the word. They need to see and hear the word read. I do not feel children outgrow being read to. 

Reading aloud is such a simple thing. Reading aloud can associate pleasant feelings with reading and learning. Take time to discuss. Let the children share their thoughts. It can fire the imagination. Ask questions. One does not need to read aloud a whole chapter each day, but 15 minutes is good. If the first few times it is only half a page, so be it. Gradually, expand the time. If they are really wiggly, they may need a lot more physical activity to use up extra energy and bring more focus.

Reading scripture aloud will help them prepare to understand quality language. I prefer the rich language of the King James Bible stories. I find it is easier to become consistent in learning when we start off each day with scripture and then a quality book. Reading aloud can be a springboard into further learning, one step at a time. Whether you just need to simplify for a time or need to segue into broader and deeper learning, reading aloud is the key that can unlock the door.

So, pick up a good book and start reading to your children and enjoy the journey!

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