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    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 5: Easy Readers

    Step 5: Reading Easy Readers Together In Step 1 your child learned the letters of the alphabet. Then in Step 2 they learned the sounds the letters make. Next your child learned how to sound out small words in Step 3 . Then in Step 4 they memorized sight words. Now in Step 5 you finally get to open a book, HURRAY! What Are Easy Readers? Easy Readers is a term I use for beginner books. It’s a book that is easy for new readers to read. There are many different kinds of easy readers available at your local library or department store. Find some easy readers that you and your child enjoy. Our favorite brands…

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    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 4: Sight Words

    Step 4: Memorizing Sight Words Your child learned the names of the alphabet letters in Step 1. In Step 2 you helped your child learn the sounds the letters make. Then in Step 3 you showed your child how to build and sound out 3 letter words.  Now in Step 4 you will help your child memorize sight words.   What Are Sight Words? Sight words are words that commonly appear on any given page of text.  They are words like, the I is by one …and so on. Reading Kingdom has a list of the Top 100 Sight Words, click here to print off their free list (PDF format). These Words are meant to be memorized…

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    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 2: Letter Sounds

    Step 2: Learning the Letter Sounds In Step 1 of teaching your child how to read, you helped your child learn to identify the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet by name. Now that they know what each of the letters are and that they all have a name, your child is ready to learn that each letter of the alphabet also makes a sound. Step 2 of teaching your child how to read is helping them learn the letter sounds.   Consonant Letter Sounds First, tell your child what the consonant letters “say”.   Hint: It is helpful to start with consonants  first before introducing the various vowel sounds. Just like in Step…

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    4 Ways to Make Flashcards Fun

    I Love Flashcards!   Flashcards are awesome! They are a cheap tool that can be used in a variety of different ways and for a variety of different subjects, all you need is imagination. Without imagination flashcards can be B-O-R-I-N-G. Flashcards are a staple homeschool tool that I have used for all of my children. The way that I use them for each child is a little bit different depending on their individual learning style. But seriously, I have used the same set of alphabet flashcards, that I bought at Walmart for $3, for every child. The cool thing about flashcards is that they can appeal to all different learning modalities (If…

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    How To Set Homeschool Goals

    Make Your Purpose Clear Setting goals makes homeschool personal. Your homeschool goals identify you and your children as unique individuals. They influence what curriculum you choose, what topics you study, and what field trips you take. Copying what you have seen others do will only take you so far. You must create your own reasons for doing what you do. Make sure your homeschool goals consist of what you and your children want to learn. This will ensure your long term success. Homeschool Goals for You Start with yourself. What do you want from life? Is there something you have always wanted to learn or do? What are your big dreams and aspirations? You…

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    Teaching Your Child to Read Step 3: Three Letter Words

    Step 3: Building Three Letter Words In Step 1 you helped your child learn how to identify the capital and lowercase letters by name. Then in Step 2 you helped your child learn what sound each letter makes. Now in Step 3 you will teach your child how to build and sound out three letter words. In this step they will be replacing letters one at a time from a 3 letter group to make and read new words. Hint: Find a letter tool that allows your child to see and touch each letter individually such as letter tiles, flash cards or puzzle pieces. 1 – Pick Two Letters Choose a vowel to be…

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    Teaching Your Child to Read Step 1: The Alphabet

    Step 1: Learning the Alphabet There is no “right age” for a child to learn how to read. It all depends on you as their teacher and them as an individual. When are they ready? When are you ready? These are the right questions to ask before getting started. That being said, there are some readiness milestones that will help you to know when your child is ready to start. Does your child verbally repeat words/sounds that they hear? Does your child follow through with simple commands? If you can answer “yes” to both then no matter what age your child is you can feel confident that they are ready…

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    How to Homeschool With A Toddler

    Try A Homeschool Box Toddlers are busy people. The way that I homeschool with a toddler is by using a homeschool box. The concept of a homeschool box is simple; a suitable container, filled with engaging things for a toddler to do, that is only available at homeschool time. A child between the ages of 1 and 3 can be kept productively busy for a relatively long period of time. A homeschool box filled with activities, snacks, and toys that are specific to your toddler can help to keep them engaged and stimulated while you homeschool other children. Or it can be a great way to begin homeschool routines and learning…

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    How to Teach Multiple Kids Ages 4 to 8

    Try Homeschool Stations The way that I  handle the challenge of homeschooling multiple children between the ages of 4 to 8 is homeschool stations. The concept of  stations is simple; multiple locations each equipped for a particular subject or activity all running at the same time within a rotation. Each child gets a turn at each station for a set amount of time. Each homeschool station has it’s own purpose and adaptability to the child’s age and needs. Within a 30 minute-2 hour period of time (depending on how many stations you decide to have) you can have 2+ subjects covered for every child at their own level and at their…