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Homeschool Beginning Readers

About Learning to Read

How Natural Reading Happens
Why did Matt learn to read all by himself? We hadn’t taught him, had we? It just sort of happened. By Susan Viator.

Learning through play an “easy option” – says Labour
By Tania Kent. Socialists in UK oppose the restrictive National Curriculum for under fives that is proposed by the Labour government.

Raising Readers At Home
To a homeschooling parent, there are few academic issues more unsettling than a ten-year-old non-reader. By Paula Harper-Christensen.

Reading: Slow and Gentle
To all of you with late readers, hang in there. You are doing the best thing you possibly can by homeschooling them. Stay gentle and keep the naysayers at large. You too will get to share your own successful late reader story some day. And when you do, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. By Annette MacKay

Will They Ever Read?
I promise you this: If your daughter lives in a house where other people read frequently to her and to themselves, and reading materials such as books and magazines are available to her, she will learn to read and enjoy it. By Carol Narigon, HEM N/D01.

Teaching Tips

ABC Club: For PreK and Early Elementary Homeschoolers
Our homeschool group had a great time with a year-long ABC Club. Kids from age 3 to age 6, 7, and even 8 were able to have fun on equal footing whether they had already begun reading or didn’t know the alphabet yet. By Carma Paden.

By Jove, I Think He’s Got It!
Taylor turns twelve this year and I can finally say without any reservations, without a moment’s hesitation, without any words of explanation – he is reading. He is reading! Robin Ohlgren-Evans, HEM.

Dads in Homeschooling: Reading Aloud and Bedtime Stories 
One significant thing Dad can do for his family and homeschool is reading aloud and telling stories to his children at their bedtime. A Christian perspective, but this advice holds true for all homeschool dads.

Difficulties with Reading
What mystifies many parents is where and why the reading process breaks down. Although, problems may occur in any area, decoding, comprehension, or retention, the root of most reading problems, in the view of many experts, is decoding. Misunderstood Minds, PBS.

The Effectiveness of Synthetic Phonics
How to use magnetic letters to teach young children to read at the phoneme level, that is, to read the word “cat” in two parts: “cuh” “at.”

Great Read Alouds
Marty Layne spent a lot of time reading to her children when they were young. Our children learned at home. The books to them and that they read on their own formed a large part of their curriculum.

Helping Your Child Learn to Read
Teaching and learning are not mysteries that can only happen in school. They also happen when parents and children do simple things together. By Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert.

How Children Learn to Read
A three-part article excerpted from the Home School Source Book, Third Edition, by Jean and Donn Reed.

Learning to Read and Spell
This column will focus on a little recognized, but absolutely necessary skill for both reading and writing: the ability to retain letters and numbers in your mind. This skill is called image symbols, or “symbol imagery.” By Barbara Phillips.

Linking Literature With Learning
Young people are thoughtful human beings who can, and will, study, question, think about, and discuss the broadest possible range of perspectives on various topics.

Reading For Information
While your child may be highly motivated to read about a unit topic, it can help to give them these clues to interpreting what the author is writing.

Taking a Look At Vision Skills
I’ve met many other parents, however, whose children suffered greatly, but who were eventually fortunate to discover that they simply had vision skill difficulties that could be easily remedied. By Lillian Jones.

About Writing, too

Making and Writing Words Using Letter Patterns
One of the more innovative and popular approaches to word-recognition instruction is Making Words, an activity developed by Pat and Jim Cunningham.


Born Thinker
Animated Shockwave games for learning to print letters and numbers, telling time, and early arithmetic skills.

Bry-Back Manor
Pre-reading activity sheets for non-readers, to print out directly from the web.

Kid Sparkz Preschool Themes
Collection of worksheets on multiple topics. Some games, some coloring pages. Story starters. Educational skills.

Kindersite Games
Games for children ages 2-7. Most can be enjoyed by those who can’t read or are in the early stages.

Letter of the Week
Brightly Beaming Resources was created by me, Katrina Lybbert, as an online resource for parents and educators of young children. I have homeschooled all of my children from birth, and have created this site from my experiences teaching my children at home.

Stairway to Reading
One of the “right tools” that you can use with your child. The Society for Quality Education is pleased to provide this valuable resource to you at no charge. This is a one-on-one remedial reading program for students of any age who have already received some reading instruction but who are struggling with reading. Lessons in pdf format.

Stepping Stones to Learning
Simple activities (no purchase or download required!) that will allow you to help your young child prepare for structured learning later on. From Innova.

Phonics vs Whole Language

Reading Instruction: Finding a Balance
By Mark B. Thogmartin, HEM, on the origins of the phonics vs. literature-based reading instruction debate, which shows no signs of ending.

Reading Instruction Series
Karl Bunday has some real useful advice for parents helping their children to read: use a combination of phonics and real-life “whole language,” not the type of one-or-the-other programs used in schools.

Research on Learning to Read and Spell
Ehri provides a glimpse of her experiences conducting research on word reading processes in beginning readers for over 20 years.


Books on Reading Instruction
Karl Bunday’s extensive list of “How to teach reading at home” and “Theory and Practice of Reading Instruction” books, with commentary.

Grow A Reader
Strategies and sets of booklists for encouraging young readers, infancy through age twelve. From KidBibs.

International Reading Association
Their online bookstore offers scores of the best, yet inexpensive, resources for preparing you, the parent/teacher, on reading strategies.

Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

A learn-to-read website offered free as a public service. We also provide writing journals and books at a very low cost that can be used with the website or separately.

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