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Homeschooled Six-Year-Old Has Trouble with Reading

Homeschooling Expert Advice from Isabel Shaw

Q: I am having a hard time teaching my six-year-old to read. It just doesn't seem to be clicking. I do a letter a week and we work on the sounds it makes. Do you have any other suggestions?

A: If you're doing a lot of pencil and paper work, that might be your problem. I would continue working on the sounds of the letters, but try a different method. For instance, rather than writing the letters, which can be difficult and often tedious for six-year-olds, I would try turning it unto a verbal game or contest. Let's say the letter you're working on is "S." Maybe Saturday can be "S" day. When you're driving your car and you come to a stop sign, point out and emphasize the "S": "Oh! I found an 'S' word!" Maybe you'll pass a "Sam's" club or "Sally's Luncheonette." The first words my girls learned to read were the names of gas stations! (You can tell my family spends a lot of time on the road!) How about "silly salad" for lunch or "sausages" for breakfast? Do this throughout the day. We also like to cut out pictures from magazines and catalogs that represent the letter we're working on. Paste the colorful images on construction paper to form a visual alphabet book.

If you or your child are feeling frustrated, perhaps it's time to take a break. Some children are simply not ready to read at six-years-old. Sounding out letters is just one aspect of learning to read. Developing a love for stories and books is just as important. This is accomplished by reading to your child every day. For more advice and helpful tips, read Helping Your Homeschooler Learn to Read. Good luck!

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Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.


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