Parents have experienced Home Learning now, and I hope they will not forsake it. When children come home from school with “homework,” parents are expected to teach it because the teachers couldn’t teach it in their large classrooms that have a vast spectrum of abilities among the students. If you want your kid to survive, you need to home-school. Just remember Dr. Ben Carson, the outstanding brain surgeon whose mother couldn’t read, but she made Ben and his brother read to her every day. Even that form of Home Learning had a great result.
Why teach your children to read at home, before they go to school? They have so many things to learn, but to wait until they go to school to learn to read is not the best practice. They are eager to learn everything at age 4 and this eagerness is lost over time. Plus, once they start school, they have so many things infringing on their attention and learning time, that they can’t learn as well as they can in the one-on-one home environment. The older the child, the harder it is to teach him.
The Ideal Age for Home Learning
Children are at the ideal age to learn to read when they are just turning four years old. This is when they are excited to learn and are able to absorb vast amounts of information effortlessly, making it the ideal time to teach them. Like new plants, they drink in the information as fast as you can present it. Often as you teach an older four-year-old, the three-year-old sibling will be picking it up at the same time. I have had parents report this to me many times. These children can be reading at a 3rd to 4th grade level when they enter first grade.
To help parents teach a 4-year-old to read, I put together the “Raising Giants Free Reading Course.” It consists of 4 videos and a printout of lessons to follow, then suggestions of books to read. When downloaded, it looks simple. How can that possibly teach a child to read? But if you listen to the videos and learn the sounds and the patterns, you will be able to teach your child in a surprisingly short time. One father said after a number of lessons, that he was standing on the street corner with his 4-year-old daughter when he realized she was reading off the signs and the names on the stores around them.
The program also addresses children with reading problems and directs you to other resources. You can access it here:
One of my books centers around a child with dyslexia who is having problems learning to read. It points the reader to another program that helps children having reading difficulties. This book, a romance, is called Christmas on Cougar Mountain, and is permanently free everywhere. Download you copy today.
A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse’s nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said “Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes.” It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.