One of the very first tasks of homeschooling is teaching your child to read. With the right ap- proach, this can become a truly enjoyable time to spend with your child.
Make the most of every opportunity to open up a book
with your child. From infancy on, read to your child daily.
Read together before naptime or bedtime, and even when
you find yourself stuck waiting in the doctor’s office. Long
before the phonics lessons begin, he will learn that books are
an important part of life and that they contain wonderful
things. His imagination will be primed, and he will be eager
to read books on his own.
As you get ready to start a phonics program, keep in mind
that there are many wonderful programs available. Find one
that appeals to your child and works well with your own
teaching style. Remember that readiness levels vary. If you
begin phonics instruction and your child is having difficulty,
put things away for a couple of months, and then try again.
Even a short amount of time can make a big difference in
cognitive readiness for a young child.
Take a look at these terrific programs, and enjoy this precious time with your child.
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