I suppose the biggest challenge for homeschooling parents is teaching our children to read. Some children seem to learn how to do it on their own, others are reluctant. While other parents talk about reading readiness, I come somewhere in between. I’d be lying if I said I have no problems waiting for Lady P to read ‘when she is ready’. I think most of us can admit to wanting them to read as soon as possible. So trying not to push them before they are ready, is quite difficult. So I guess that is why I am enjoying her new reading lessons as they force ME to wait. She goes at a pace she is comfortable with and I’m not over doing it with the expectations.
I am also trying to let my children play without interruption. Especially when they play together and are deep in imaginary land (as I like to call it). I hate to be interrupted when I’m doing things I love so I TRY to let them play without interfering when I can (plus it gives me a break).
So I guess I am learning as I go along what makes my children happy and what makes them want to learn! That’s one of the goals for our family: to create self-learners!
So I have been away from my blog since having my third child but things seem to be settling down now! I feel like I’m not being pulled in 20 different directions! Little dude is 5 months this week and man, is it going super quick! He’s a beautiful cheeky little man!
But thankfully, he’s the most chilled out baby ever!
I’ve been keeping it easy with homeschooling! I decided it is much easier to follow a lesson plan to teach Lady P how to read so I bought Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons
Amazing so far! 100 easy lessons that take 10-15 minutes depending on how quickly your child understands the concepts and that’s it! I will review it when we are further along. Lady P really enjoys them.
Cheeky Girl (no longer known as Baby S) has been doing messy play, learning letter sounds and basically is just exploring her environment. We always become a lot more laid back with our second children don’t we?
Well, that’s about it for now! Lady P officially starts ‘reception’ in September. But we’ve decided to put her in three mornings of nursery until she’s 5 and continue home education. I go back to work 3 days a week so my husband and I are juggling home educating the kids! So far, we have a well-oiled machine of being home on opposite days so the kids are always with one of us!
See you all soon!