As you know, reading is the foundation of all learning and it’s a necessary part of life. As I am discovering, learning how to read does not look the same for every person out there. Teaching my daughter to read is VASTLY different than what teaching my son to read was. She genuinely struggles with even the simplest of reading tasks.
If you’re choosing to homeschool your children, as we are, you might be in need of free homeschooling reading resources. Check out this list of 5 Homeschool Reading Resources that I’ve found in my search to help my daughter master the fundamental skill of reading…
K12 Reader (http://www.k12reader.com/)
No matter what age your child is at, they will always need to work on their reading skills. K12 is a free website that anyone can use to help with their reading needs. For example: there is a 36 week program for first grade spelling words. This is a great site and I encourage you to dig in. You can also check out spelling, reading skills, grammar, vocabulary, and composition. (Don’t forget reading, spelling, and writing all go hand in hand).
Reading Rockets (http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/teachers)
Maybe you just need some ideas as a parent to help your child get the reading help they need. Reading Rockets is a website you should check out. You can see teaching strategies and even look at what your child’s writing should look at during specific grade levels. You can even look up strategies that help students connect what they are reading.
I’m a firm believer in using any resource that’s available. At least you can try it and see if it works for you or not. That’s where PBS/Reading comes in. This is a little bit more of a fun way to learn how to read, but it still works. Your child can watch videos about reading. They can even make connections about reading, through their favorite cartoons. This is definitely one resource you’ll want to check out.
Get Ready to Read (http://www.getreadytoread.org/)
If you’re looking up resources to help your child learn to read, then they are probably getting ready to read. GetReadytoRead.org is a great free homeschool reading resource. If you have a child about to enter Kindergarten, there are some awesome resources to help you “help” them transition. There are tools for parents to help them determine when to establish reading readiness for their child. The list truly goes on and on, so make sure you hop on over to check it out.
Don’t Forget the Local Library
As awesome as these online reading resources are you cannot replace a good old fashioned book. Taking your child to the library on a weekly basis is a great way to teach them how to read and also discover a passion for reading. When they are old enough, they can get their own library card and even start taking responsibility for some of their own reading materials.
Get to know your child and understand what makes them tick. Figure out how it is that they actually learn, and go from there. It can be a process (oh, boy, can it be a process) but it is SO worth it!
If your child struggles like mine does, there is hope!
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic BrainOvercoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any LevelThe Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read…and How They Can Learn, Revised and Expanded EditionDyslexia Solutions: Your Guide To Empower and Strengthen Your Child and Overcome Dyslexia: The Tool Kit That Every Parent Needs To Have (Kids, Methods, Solutions, Tools, Dyslexia)