Tips to Get Your Child Excited about Reading Could you use some tips to help get your child(ren) excited about reading? Reading is one of those school assignments that isn’t going away any time soon. So how do you get your child into something that is such an important part of what they do every day? Here are some tried and true tips to get your child excited about reading. Find Texts that Sparks His or Her Interest Consider your own reading experiences. Chances are likely that you prefer a light summer novel to a college textbook. The same is true for your child. While sometimes it’s Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
If you were a child who loved to read, then chances are that you still remember books that were among your favorites when you were young…those that you shared with your friends and classmates. Creating those same opportunities for children to enjoy books together can help them to share literature that they enjoy while having fun along the way. Here are some ideas on how to start a successful book club for young children. How to Start a Successful Book Club for Young Children Determine your Goals First, you must determine what the goal is in your book club. Is it to work on building Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
5 Helpful Tips When Teaching a Special Needs Child to Read Teaching a child to read can be a difficult task. You may find yourself concerned with making sure that the strategies that you use help set the groundwork for future literacy success. When teaching a child with unique learning needs, those anxieties may grow as you use different tools and methods that will be meaningful for that child. Here are some helpful tips to think about when teaching a special needs child to read. You must be Patient Teaching, itself, requires a great deal of patience as children of varying abilities Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Disclosure: I received this curriculum at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Language arts is one of my favorite subjects to teach. As an avid reader, professional blogger, and published author, I am very passionate about teaching my children all things language arts. Teaching my children how to write is one of my favorite things to do in our homeschool, because I enjoy equipping them with the ability to communicate through writing. Writing also opens up a world of unlimited imagination and possibilities; seeing my children work through writing has been a great joy for me these last Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The basic concept of cooperative homeschooling — aka homeschool "co-ops" — is to "cooperate" with one or more families to share any part of the homeschool educational process. A co-op can be as simple as two families meeting regularly to share schooling on a particular subject (as my two sisters-in-law do weekly), or as structured as a district-provided public program or a charter group from an organization such as Classical Conversations. Co-ops can be academically focused, socially focused, or spiritually focused — or a combination of these. When I was homeschooled in the late 1980s, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Last month I shared [five reasons to consider starting or joining a homeschool co-op]. This month, I'm sharing five steps to start your own co-op based on my experience launching and running a girls' book club co-op this school year. If you're unfamiliar with the world of homeschool co-ops, my homeschooling sisters and I share our various experiences with co-ops on our family blog, NextGen Homeschool. What I’ve learned so far is that the key ingredients to structuring a new homeschool co-op are a common mission, agreement on the logistics and expectations from the students and participating Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Talk, Read, Sing® your child into success is a concept that we do our very best to live by. Anyone who has spent some time around this blog or those who know me personally can see that I am a lover of all-things education. I've been given an amazing opportunity to homeschool our three children over the last 11 years and love every minute of it. In talking and spending time with my children you will quickly see that all three of them love to talk, read, and sing. As a matter of fact, my husband, children, and I all love to talk to one another, sing our favorite songs, and read (alone and Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
6 Ways to Help Build Strong Writers Writing can be a challenge, even for the best of students. For some it is a laborious task that provides little enjoyment. For others, it’s an opportunity to be expressive and creative with words. How do you help your child to be one who enjoys writing? Here are 6 ways to help build strong writers. 1. Foster a love of reading The best writers are those who also love to read. Reading helps children experience a variety of writing styles, the creative use of words and different kinds of texts. By helping your child to enjoy reading and getting them hooked Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
10 Handwriting Exercises for Preschoolers As your little one reaches three or four, there are already steps that you can take to get him or her interested in writing and in the process of making letters. No, this doesn’t mean sitting down with a manuscript book. Early handwriting exercises can be educational and a lot of fun! Here are 10 handwriting exercises for preschoolers. 1. Get out the Shaving Cream One activity done in many kindergarten classrooms is spreading shaving cream out on table tops. Allow your child to write his or her letters, names of friends or other familiar words in Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Teaching any child to read may seem like a monumental task. There are good days, and there are not-so-good days. There are major milestones and there may be a few setbacks. When working with a child who has Dyslexia, the task becomes even more challenging. You must make sure that the strategies and skills that you are using to support them will help them to overcome their unique needs. Here are some helpful strategies to teach your Dyslexic child to read. Helpful Strategies to Teach Your Dyslexic Child to Read Meet Your Child at Their Level One of the best things that you Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.