fun assignments such as writing their
6. Read good books.
Avoid dumbed-down, poorly written
books by authors like Beatrix Potter
children need positive examples to emu-late;;older;students;can;also;learn;from
negative examples to avoid. Ask questions about characters’ choices and dis-cuss;how;they;could;have;handled;things
stretches your mind and teaches you to
7. Use narration and discussion.
in their own words or explain what they
down some of their narrations; this is
early practice in composition.
Focus on discussion with older stu-dents.;Encourage;them;to;form;their;own
opinions about what they read and teach
them to find something to appreciate
8. Write in and about books.
Teach older students to write in their
easy to review. They can underline, star,
Older students should keep a read-ing;journal;to;record;their;reflections;on
merely on facts but on ideas, themes,
characters, and literary style, as well as
questions or ideas they want to discuss.
9. Make reading a family priority.
you, it probably won’t be to them either.
children read to younger children and
find;the;answer;in;a;book;before;search-ing Google. Visit the library and the
Set out baskets of seasonal books or
10. Build a home library.
of;reading;and;an;atmosphere;for;learn-ing.;You;can;find;great;deals;at;second-hand bookstores, thrift stores, library
sales, and yard sales. Aim for breadth
Collect;books;about;your;children’s;in-terests, books by favorite authors, and
to hold their own collections as well as
•;The Three R’s;by;Ruth;Beechick
• How to Read a Book by Mortimer
• How to Grow a Young Reader by
• Who Should We Then Read? by Jan
Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish:;Balance
for;Homeschool;Moms, has been educating her four sons at home since 1997. She
is a book coach, international editor, time
management coach, and speaker. Visit
www.FlourishAtHome.com for a free E-book, From Frazzled to Focused, as well
as ongoing encouragement, inspiration,
and practical strategies to help you balance your busy life.
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