Early Literacy in Homeschool

Here is my video on YouTube about teaching little kids to read and write with the Montessori Method and with Preschool Prep Co. mini books. Enjoy!


Early Literacy in Homeschool


Dealing with Dyslexia in Homeschool Reading Instruction

The first thing I did a couple of years ago was take him in for an eye exam. He needed glasses for far-sightedness, which means things are blurry when up-close. This gave him trouble with worksheets and reading. When that was figured out, his reading improved a huge step, but something was still not right. 

Having a few other children whom I had taught or helped teach to read, I knew this was not the same. He was struggling with things my other children had not struggled with. Researching online, I came to an educated guess that he is dyslexic. I also came to the conclusion that dyslexia does not make it impossible to learn to read. It just makes its instruction take more time and patience. 

Today he read about 6 pages in “Frolic and Do-Funny” and all of the other books in the photo completely.  I have been having him read to me every day for about an hour. I stop when I can tell he is getting tired of it and worn out (which is easy to tell). I am happy that he is getting faster at reading, makes mistakes less often and recognizes more words. It has been hard work but it is becoming worth it now.

I love the joy on his face now as he can enjoy the stories more readily now because he is reading faster and more smoothly. I know we still have a long way to go to get him reading as well as his siblings, but that is okay. It is now becoming a more enjoyable journey. I love sitting with him and having him read to me!

I saw many strategies for dyslexic reading instruction online. I think the best method is simply love, patience and time. It is having the child read to you every day while you love your child. It is knowing that it is okay that your child has been told that word 300 times and still does not recognize it yet. It is telling your child what the word is in a calm voice yet again because you know that dyslexia is hard and you are okay with your child taking his or her time learning that word.

Phonics and Whole Language “Learn to Read” Lesson Plans

I have lesson plans for three weeks for teaching my children to read. I am so excited because I have made it so there is a variety of books and styles. Some are phonics based. Some a whole language based. Different companies have developed different kinds of books for teaching kids to read and, using a great variety of books which I own, I made plans.

The first lesson tells me to teach them to read using “Meet the Sight Words” 1:1, “The Jump Rope.” It then says to read, “Dick and Jane” series book 1: “We Look.”

Montessori Lowercase Alphabet Practice Workbook
Lesson 2 says to read: “At Home,” Chapters 1-3. It teaches using repetition and whole language style. Next on the list to read is the Pre-Reader from Frontline Phonics (an old version). It is called, “Pam.” That one uses phonics style. I like a combination of phonics method and whole language method for teaching my kids to read.

Homeschooling a 1st Grader? My Favorite Books and Supplies for That

Montessori Pink Reading Extras

Extras for  teaching to read and write (montessori pink reading level, which is about kindergarten level).

Miss Rhonda’s Readers and Phonics Cards
Lowercase Montessori Alphabet Workbook

Ready to Read!

My son is ready to learn to read because he sees me teaching his big brother to read. This is exciting but it makes me nervous. I have been on pinterest pinning things about teaching letter sounds with lowercase letters. I am enthused about going to the file cabinet to find the Montessori letter sounds activities. I need to soon find little 3-d objects so he can do 3-d Montessori letter sounds activities. 

This makes me feel overwhelmed a little, too. I homeschool many kids and here is a new one ready to learn to read. Now I will have many things to tach yet another homeschooler. It is not that I have not already been helping him learn. It is just that learning to read is a big, important growth step in learning.

At the same time, I am nervous that my eldest child will be a high-school aged kid this coming fall. The more homeschoolers, the merrier, and seeing her become an adult is beautiful. Nevertheless, it makes me nervous. How have ai done? Have ai taught her well? Is she ready for the big world of adult life? What shall I make sure she is taught before she is an adult?