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where do i begin?

Ok so I'm really new to homeschooling. My daughter is 6 and in just a few short weeks we will begin. I'm excited and nervous at the same time, which I guess is normal. I'm confident with my decision to homeschool my kids and pretty sure I will do a good job once I get in a routine and have everything I need. What I'm unsure of is how to teach her to read. Has anyone on here taught their children from the beginning? How did you teach them to read? We tried kindergarten last year but the school decided she wasn't quite ready and her birthday fell right on the line for entering school so she's supposed to do kindergarten this year. I was kind of hoping to start out with kindergarten type things for the first couple months and then move on to 1st grade work. What do you all think? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Asked by Anonymous at 4:36 PM on Jul. 29, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • First of all ~ congratulations on your decision to homeschool! It will be challenging but well worth it. We have homeschooled our children from the beginning. We have one 5th grader, two 3rd graders, one 2nd grader, and one 1st grader (+ 2 preschoolers). When we started homeschooling, I was so scared that I wouldn't be able to teach them to read...but it really is an easy thing to do.

    We use Christian Liberty Phonics for Kindergarten. They start out by teaching the vowels; short sounds and recognition. They use the short vowels at the beginning and in the middle of words. They learn to write them as they go along. After your child has SOUNDLY learned the vowels and their short sounds they move on to teach consonants. As they learn the consonant sounds, they also learn to add the vowel to the consonant (ie ba, be, bi, bo, bu). Then they start learning to read small words by adding a consonant to the end of the word

    Answer by 7blessings at 4:31 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • Start out by reading to her everyday. Teach her the sounds of the letters, not the names of them. Start with the sounds of the short vowels (bat, bet, lid, pot, mud). Once she knows the sounds you can start putting them together into to simple 3 letter words.

    As a teacher there is a great kit we use called zoophonics, it's expensive but it works great.

    Answer by skittles1108 at 4:41 PM on Jul. 29, 2010

  • There are tons of materials out there at mall educational stores, good bookstores, even toys r us. Plus if you Google "kindergarten reading" you will see resources. There is a series of "I can read" books that would help a lot too (I think that would be 1st grade level). GL

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:39 PM on Jul. 29, 2010

  • There are many websites out there that you can use as tools for helping. Just type in reading readiness or whatever you think of. I have several sites for me to print stuff out for my son. I don't homeschool but it does wonders for him to have things to do (especially during the summer) when he's bored.
    Starfall is a good one for reading...

    Those are just a few that you can look through! Hope these he

    Answer by Bunnee at 12:37 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Phonics is part of reading. The long and short vowels for words. I've seen workbooks for this kind of learning in various local stores. It helps with pronunciation of words for short and long vowel sounds in them.

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 1:27 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • They will be reading small words all through learning the consonants...but around lesson 73 they start reading the readers. They go on to learn digraphs (sh, ch, wh, th, etc) then long vowels. There is a lot more but I don't have the room here to elaborate. The curriculum is really easy to follow and I believe it is more of a 1st grade level than Kindergarten. We switch to Abeka in 1st. I know you can do it! Good luck! =)


    Answer by 7blessings at 4:40 PM on Aug. 3, 2010