Child Learning StylesWritten by Mary Joyce
Many homeschool parents ultimately end up designing their own homeschool curriculum for their child. Tailoring learning process to match child's learning style. For those who have worked through this process somewhere along way came to realization that when it comes to homeschooling one size definitely does not fit all. But thatís ok! After all in end, probably greatest single benefit to homeschooling is fact that you can tailor homeschool education to fit motivational profile of your child. The key concept in last sentence is motivational profile. What motivates your child to learn? What is child's learning style? This is a key concept that you must come to understand in order to insure maximum homeschooling results.
An important aspect to understand about learning styles of children is that ultimately learning style of your child is probably more of an eclectic mix of different styles rather than one that you could classify neatly and put in a box. Learning is greatly influenced by motivation. And what motivates can be directly influenced as mood for day, and fatigue level or lack thereof.
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.