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Homeschooling and Reading Skills

Jun 9, 2008
Teaching a child how to read is a crucial part of their education and a major concern for homeschooling families. Strong reading skills are important not just in English class, but in every subject area. Even when you are studying history or biology, good reading and comprehension skills are critical. During the day, homeschooling parents need to create a balance between the different subjects they teach, but reading does not need to be confined to school hours. Encourage your child to read beyond what is required for school work. Children who take up reading as a hobby will perform better in most subjects. Begin prodding your child into reading by getting your child books on topics they are interested in, whether it's tornadoes, insects or airplanes.

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility it offers. Homeschooling allows children to soar beyond the many limitations of the public school system. Public schools fail to push students to reach their full potential as readers. Many public school students perform poorly on standardized reading tests, which is unfortunate as reading skills are crucial to a child's education and success in life. Homeschooling allows you to incorporate reading into your everyday routines and not confine them to the few hours a day you dedicate to school work. For example, you can read your child a story before bed or have them read to you and that can be a part of their reading lesson for the day.

Establishing reading as a habit is not only beneficial for your child`s reading skills but also helps add to their knowledge base. Encourage your children to read a wide variety of books, including fiction and non-fiction. Fictional stories are great to get your child`s imagination soaring and non-fiction is important for developing a wide knowledge base.

An easy way to encourage your child to read during free time is to make a wide range of reading material available around the house where kids can see it and reach it easily. You should never force your child to read or make reading feel like a chore or punishment. In fact reading should be viewed as a pleasure and a treat. Modeling good behavior is one of the best ways for parents to instill a trait in their children. Therefore, make sure your child catches you reading once in a while. That will definitely encourage them to pick up a book for themselves.

Every education should be well rounded of course, but reading is a building block from which other education follows. When homeschooling your child, encourage him or her to read from a young age. Reading skills take a long time to develop but they are crucial for your child`s success no matter which path they choose in life.
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