Here is a peek at what a large homeschool family uses for reading & literature in a simplified classical homeschool model with a Charlotte Mason twist. During the formative years of our homeschool we really focus on creating strong readers. This is especially important since we have a large family and as they grow older it is my goal to create independent learners. Then as they become component readers we hope to instill a love of reading.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons– I have taught all of our children how to read with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons . When our kiddos have finished it and were reading above grade level upon completing the book.
Adventures In Phonics Level B – We have used a variety of phonics workbooks with different results but I finally settled on Adventures in Phonics because of it strong Christian bend and it requires them to think.
* BASIC SIGHT WORDS FLASH CARDS– We do sight words with our children as soon as I determine they are ready to work through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.
Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers – We start reading Bob books about 25 lessons into the 100 lessons so the children do not become dependent on the simplified decoding process that it uses.
Reading Games– When you are teaching reading having fun can relase some of the stress you may feel while dealing with a small child who still doesn’t remember what a says. Just sayin’ …here are some of our favorite games Ravensburger Alphabet Zoop – Children’s Game (super fun), Alphabet Bingo Games &Trend Enterprises Sight Words Bingo Flash Cards.
I really dislike Novel Study guides, perhaps it’s the inner Charlotte Mason Educator in me, but I have found my children have not grown to love reading & literature while using them either. So I was desperate for a discussion based literature guide and I found that in , Teaching the Classics from the Center for Lit.
Teaching the Classics: A Strategic Method for Literary Education Book and DVD
– Teaches you how to use the Socratic Method to discuss literature with your children. It is by far he best resource I’ve seen for facilitating discussions. After I finished the video series I was well prepared to discuss literature using the Socratic Method with my children.