The Key to Possibilities
Is it possible to adequately emphasize the value of homeschool reading? It is the key, the pivot, the magic. Reading unlocks the words on a page. Then it transports a child to a far-off place, introduces him to a famous person, involves him in a daring mystery or explains the intricacies of plant growth. Reading is life-long and life-enriching.
Whether for education or pleasure, this ability is of immense consequence to a young person. "90% of all academics hinge(s) on reading." Of course, this refers to literature and English, but also to the less obvious subjects of science and math.
Enjoyment plays a key role at this point. Homeschool reading paves the way for the demands of school. Practice makes perfect. Improved skills, comprehension, vocabulary and writing result. A youngster familiar this pleasant pastime is not intimidated by a thick, densely printed textbook. He is already ahead in the learning game.
The renowned Dr. John Senior emphasizes that good books till the soil for the great ones. In other words, a youth must be introduced to excellent material in order to be capable of appreciating the true classics of Western tradition.
Laura M. Berquist,
Director of Mother of Divine Grace Home School, states in her book, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, "It is crucial
to fill the imagination of children with rich and varied images. Careful selection of poetry, literature and Scripture
readings will do this and will contribute to a lifetime of thoughtful, serious, intelligent reading."
How to encourage homeschool reading?
Read together. It is one the most memorable rewards of homeschooling. Favorite times are after lunch and just before bedtime. Do both!
Note: Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a student still does not enjoy reading. (This usually starts at an early age.) Do research. Try several methods. You are the parent. You know your child better than anyone. You probably will have a "feel" for what is going on.
If you conclude that you need to talk with an empathic professional, please consider Learning Disabilities Reading Tutor. She has been working with struggling readers for over 20 years and would be honest about how to best help you and your child. She begins with a free 15 minute consultation.
Below are several of our family favorites. Each is of interest to both boys and girls and listeners of multiple ages:
The Bible and stories of heroic religious figures
Peter Pan--Barrie, J. M.
The Moral Compass--Bennett, William J. (both Bennett books contain lovely poetry)
The Book of Virtues--Bennett, William J.
A Christmas Carol--Dickens, Charles
The Chronicles of Narnia--Lewis, C.S.
Black Beauty--Sewell, Anna
The Hobbit--Tolkein, J.R.
Tom Sawyer--Twain, Mark
Charlotte's Web--White, E.B.
Swiss Family Robinson--Wyss, J.D.
Find your literature here:
The following are informative and helpful articles and forms about homeschool reading:
More Reading Recommendations Suggested Books for 8-12 Year-Olds Literature for Teens and still More Books! Book Reports Made Easy Report Outline Sample Report for Grade 5 Sample Book Report for Grade 9 Yearly Literature List Coupons Return from Homeschool Reading to Home
More Reading Recommendations
Suggested Books for 8-12 Year-Olds
Literature for Teens
and still More Books!
Book Reports Made Easy
Sample Report for Grade 5
Sample Book Report for Grade 9
Yearly Literature List
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