The Struggling Reader, Part 2

Becca reading to Caleb

Siblings sharing a book.

Teaching my own child to read is one of the most exciting and sobering things I’ve done. If God is the foundation of our children’s education, then reading is the ground floor. Nothing can make you feel an inadequate teacher more than a struggling reader.

I remember trying to teach my first child how to read. The experts at his kindergarten believed he was dyslexic and wanted to put him in a special ed class. In rebellion, my husband and I brought him home, and I became his teacher. It was a nightmare. I had no idea what I was doing, but reading is my passion!…how hard could it be to pass this passion on to my son. Continue reading

The Struggling Reader, Part 1

Big sis teaching little sis how to read.

Let me ask you a question. What, to you, is one of the most exciting, wonder-filled moments you’ve experienced with your children as a result of homeschooling?

Oh, I could list so many!…Moments of spiritual or educational awareness – when the proverbial light comes on and you hear, “Oh-h-h! I get it!”  For me one of my favorites is that moment, when I’m teaching my little one to read… and he reads his very first word.  His excitement, as he hops off my lap, runs to Daddy, exclaiming, “Look, Daddy! I can read!! C-a-t. Cat. See! I can read!” It’s that moment when a whole new world of possibilities opens up for that child. Oh, Mom, I love  that! Love it, love it, love it! Continue reading