Beginning With Phonics InstructionWritten by Mary Joyce
Some children are just natural readers. They love to explore different books and are always picking up reading skills just by naturally being involved and around reading environments. Other kids have more difficulty with printed language and need to relate a sound to a particular configuration of alphabet and letters. This will be essence of your phonics instruction. It is these phonics skills that enable kids to sound out words and letters that they see. As a parent, this can be a very effective way to get child started reading. Helping child sound out words and letters that they see... Phonics.
Generally within subject of phonics, best place to begin is by teaching child short vowel sounds. The long vowel sounds are just a repeat of alphabetic letter itself. A good way to get and keep childís interest during phonics process is to use examples (pictures or something tangible around house) of something that interests them. For example, most children will exhibit a high interest in animals. As a general rule, try to keep your phonics examples theme related. The repetition of learning various phonics sounds is reinforced much sooner when examples you are using follow same type of theme. This limits potential for confusion and loss of interest that may occur if you jump all over with seemingly unrelated items.
Whether To Homeschool Your ChildWritten by Mary Joyce
One of first questions you need to ponder when deciding whether to homeschool your child is to define to yourself what exactly is homeschooling to you. What does it mean to you to homeschool your child? If you canít pin down exactly what your definition of homeschooling is, then you will struggle with very decision you are trying to make. And thatís just beginning.
You wonít be able to make clear cut decisions on other aspects of homeschooling that need to be answered down road. Such as: what type of homeschool curriculum (pre-packaged or non at all)? What type of homeschool teaching methodology do I use? If you canít answer these questions then you wonít be able to determine what type of resources should I target to research or what type of homeschool materials and homeschool supplemental materials should I purchase?
Another critical question to ask yourself is how much do I enjoy being around my children? Now wait a moment... Youíre probably sayingÖ What on earth kind of question it that! Of course, I love my children! Understood, but think of that question in context of being around your children 'round clock with sometimes... no breaks.