Phonics Program Round Up for Reading Instruction

  One of the greatest homeschooling joys—and greatest challenges—during my thirty-two years of homeschooling has definitely been teaching my kids to read. My undergraduate degree is in elementary education, and my master’s work is in reading specialist. So, um, yeah, I should have been a specialist.

Using Word Cards in Reading Instruction

I did a quick Facebook Live this week to discuss the use of word cards in reading instruction. I thought I would put that video with some tips in a blog post so that it is all in one place. Tips for Using Word Cards in Reading Instruction   1) Don’t use word cards with […]

This Reading Mama Phonics Program & More

Click to watch! I have loved teaching reading again! And I have loved creating products to use for letter recognition and sounds/letter recognition. It is so fun to work with younger children again…and makes me anxious to teach my grandkids to read (or help teach them!).

Reading Round Up: Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Read!

One area that a lot of people struggle in is teaching reading. If you are struggling with reading, this post is for you! School is well underway for most homeschoolers—and there are lots of kinks to work out here and there. That is fine. Just solve one problem and then move on to another. Tackle […]

[Video] Helping Your Child With Reading Difficulties

In this Wondering Wednesday video, Donna Reish, author of seventy curriculum books totaling over forty thousand pages, answers a mom’s questions about helping her son who is struggling with reading. Donna talks about readiness, creating a learning environment, combining language arts/grammar studies with reading studies, the importance of immersion in the reading process, using learning […]

Homeschool Benefit #5: Reading Aloud Together

  Thirty-one years ago with a one-year-old toddler in tow, my husband and I began homeschooling my younger sister who was in eighth grade at the time. It was definitely homeschooling out of necessity due to some problems that she was having at school with bullying and meanness because of her moderately mentally handicapped condition. […]

Wondering Wednesday: Summer Reading Help for Young Students

Donna Reish, curriculum author and parenting/homeschool speaker, answers readers’ questions about bringing an elementary student up to grade level in reading during the summer. In this episode, Donna helps parents learn what to focus on in bringing their child to reading fluency, including terminology, phonics programs, reader selections, and steps in helping children learn to […]

Happy July 4th: Review “The American Patriot’s Alamanac: Daily Readings on America”

  Our favorite patriotic “devotional”! Our two sons, ages fifteen and eighteen, asked me to get this back out for this summer’s reading since we haven’t done it for two years now. I LOVE this book. Short readings–about 5 to 10 minutes each, plus “This day in history list” for each day. So inspiring! You […]

Back to School Tip III of XII: Create Reading Environment

Twelve Tips for Back to School–Those Attending (or Homeschooling!)–Tip III of XII: Create an Environment Conducive to Learning to Read “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” ~Anna Quindlen, “Enough Bookshelves” During my graduate studies (in Reading […]