Teaching Children At Home

Teaching a child to read in the familiarity and love at home is the ideal place to learn. There are so many reasons and distractions to not learn in school that all of these reasons can be eliminated esp. since my process is so easy to implement. Reading is fundamental to higher order thinking, and in many ways our educational system is fraudulent esp. when high school seniors are allowed to graduate without knowing how to read, write well or use critical thinking. Some believe that this has political implications as an uninformed populace is easier to control.

I think observers of our educational system realize that there is widespread declining intellectual ability in our students as they go into life or attempt to enter university. Remedial classes are often required. The basics of English grammar are being destroyed with few even noticing or caring. The average student in the 19th century was well read and wrote well. This is no longer the case.

Parents must take a proactive stance from the very beginning to make sure their children are fully able to read. This is the first step for a child’s educational future! Women now go into all sorts of careers often leaving the least capable for teaching. Of course, one can’t generalize and this is certainly not true in all cases. The school environment can be a negative one for them and the students, but just be aware and make the appropriate changes if necessary.

Homeschooling is growing enormously, and certainly goes against our highly regulated educational system for a reason. In our family, I combined homeschooling with public education. I made sure they had the best that our community offered, and I did my part as well including developing their natural talents.

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I observe my grand daughter who is in the 4th grade, but reading at the 7th grade level!!!…She reads endlessly hidden in a hammock under a tree and over the flowers, weather permitting here in the west. She has 20 books piled up on the floor in her room most of the time with numerous trips to the library always on the schedule. She loved learning to read early….Good going little girl !!!

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Christmas is the time for children’s excitement and also to learn appreciation. Gifts are symbolic of God’s gift to us for his son Jesus Christ, but this is often lost. Some children are absolutely deluged with gifts that can lead to a certain confusion and anxiety.  Observe them as they rip through the presents going from one to the next. How can their reactions be improved? This is a learning opportunity maybe done in the other room later or better yet, explain what gratitude means beforehand.

I suggest to slow them down to see the thoughtfulness that goes into each gift selection esp. from grandparents. Remind them beforehand that people work hard to save to buy gifts for them, to consider their interests in their selections, and to show them their love. Teach them to express thank you, and to be happy with the gift even if they don’t understand at first. It is the thought that counts, and a thank you hug is always appreciated too.

I read on the internet that a few parents have been so disgusted with their children’s unappreciative attitude with gifts that they didn’t give them so many. So teach your children how to receive graciously and more importantly to show appreciation.

Screen Solitude

Our children’s addiction to their screens is isolating them from outdoor play, reading and from their natural talents. It is teaching them to be alone, and be silenced by technology. If we do the same, we are modeling this behavior to them.

Facebook, I just learned, hires gambling consultants to keep us attracted of the screens flashing in front of us no matter our ages. There is constant stimulation with distractions galore, a never ending flow of information, and games without any depth of thought, and in the extreme there is an alienation from others and even ourselves.

Inner conversation is lost, and so is adaptation to life and self knowledge. It is hard for children to pay attention to anything outside of this. Screens can disrupt their thought and focus with this constant stimulation and a never ending flow of superficial information. They can become irritable and kind of vacant if the screen is taken away. Random chatter is less, and an odd silence in a family can take hold. They are present and not present.

Children do not need to be connected to this type of isolating experience. Let’s not teach them to be alone or even consumed with this meaningless involvement.

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The more I read about the dismal literacy rates in this country, and what this portends for the future of our country (an educated populace is the foundation of a free society in our Democratic Constitutional Republic,) and for individuals to live a free, independent, and prosperous life, the more determined I am to spread this very doable information to as many parents as possible. The basic concepts for learning to read are so easy and simple that I need to emphasize that this doesn’t have to be a monumental task to either teach or for your child to learn. This is wonderful, hopeful, and satisfying news. What a relief! I am presently adapting my information for pre-schoolers to older children…

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Some say that a high  school diploma is fraudulent because a large percentage of graduating students are not reading or writing up to grade level. This is why up to 50% of entering college students must take remedial English classes. Think about that. If a student can’t read or write with understanding after high school, how can they do well in college or in life?

This is a disgrace to our educational system. How can we possibly defend these outcomes?

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Language Skills

Language and verbal skills are very important for a child’s reading ability. In order to enlarge them a parent must engage in a lot of conversation with your child.  In expressing themselves, a child demonstrates his knowledge and ideas, what is on his mind, and how he sees the world. This can be very instructive and also very amusing as the chatter goes on. But also important is their use of vocabulary. A child must become familiar with language in order to create an ever expanding reading foundation.

While you two read books, please ask her questions about it…What do you think will happen next? What is your favorite character in this story? Is this an interesting book for you? Why? Do you like stories about animals or people? etc.

And keep the chatter going here and there on whatever level is appropiate. Acknowledge them, get on their physical level as you speak with them, take their comments seriously, …really!…is that what you think or how you feel? I like that, or  I never thought of that before…very good. Sit on the bed with them, and just play and talk. Talk to their animals on the bed. Play cards (UNO is a good one,) and just visit with them as you play. Have a daily card champion. Enjoy his company, and he will enjoy yours. Read the cereal boxes together. Look at the clouds and the birds outside…whatever interests him as his vocabulary is expanding. He will later recognize these words in print.

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An Engaged Parent or Grandparent needed for just a few minutes

The many and very positive comments and reviews for my book, Preschool Reading Success in Just 5 Minutes A day have become very motivating to me. The more I read about the dismal literacy rates in this country, the more determined I am to spread this information to as many people as possible. The basic concepts for learning to read are so easy that I need to emphasize that this doesn’t have to be a monumental task to either teach it or for a child to learn it. This is wonderful news. There is no need for so called highly advanced teaching methods, no work books, no DVDs, or other needless concerns. The real need, however, is a highly engaged, energetic and committed in-the-moment parent or grandparent to playfully introduce and teach the basic phonic sounds that have meaning to your child. But it is done in such a silly and stress-free manner and in only a few minutes, that it really isn’t a chore, and even makes connecting with your child more genuinely rewarding.

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