Tuesday, May 29, 2007

That special homeschooling moment ...

With each of my children, it has been such a special moment the first time I caught them reading to a younger sibling.  Because not only are they reading a book on their own, but they're confident enough to read it to someone else.  And even more, it shows love and care for their younger siblings, to sit and read to them.  I just love that moment. 

I always love seeing my olders read to my  youngers ... but the first time I see them do it is so encouraging.  It just confirms that I have taught another child to read, that I *can* do this thing called homeschooling.

This past week, it was especially encouraging to catch C (who will turn 8 any day now) reading Little Bear and Friends to her little brothers for the first time ever.  She has also been reading little board books to 14 mo L.  She and I have worked so hard to get to this point.  She took over a year longer than her sisters did to learn to read, and she's been teased by some kids at church, too. 

Every time I hear her reading, or see her reading to herself, I tell her "C, you are a good reader!  You are doing great and I'm so proud of you!"  I am trying to build her confidence, so she'll read more often, and continue to improve.  I want her to stop thinking of herself as someone who can't read, and realize she IS a reader!  Before that, I had worked on getting her to think of herself as someone who is learning to read, not as someone who can't read. 

I have 3 readers now, and it's time to work on phonics with 6 yo J more.  Reading is so important, and I love teaching my children to read.

Blessings,
April

2 comments:

  1. homeschoolingmommaof4June 3, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    What a special moment! I just love when I see that happening around here too. It is very encouraging as a homeschool mother to see moments that let you know you can do it and are doing a good job.

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  2. My dh just had a moment like that when he saw our 6 yo and 4yo laying on the couch together reading a book. It is not the first time, but it is the first time he "caught" them reading on their own without being told. The 6yo has been reading for about 18mo but is really desiring to read on her own now! Our 4yo is so excited about learning to read. She wants to be the reader instead of the listener! I also talk to my kids and the kids at church about being readers if all they can read is the letters individual! That is the first step! It is so sad to me that anyone would make fun of others, especially at church! I pray that your 6yo doesn't have that experience! Thank you so much for sharing the reading program links! We are 45 minutes from B&N but we also make special trips at times. Have a blessed day! In Him, Eva

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