As I have shared with you before, deciding to homeschool was not an easy choice. It was something my husband has pushed for about 4 years, but I was so reluctant. How would I teach them all of the things they needed to know? Especially the big things- like reading!
Now that we are in the throws of homeschooling, I can say the things I was most concerned about have come together pretty seamlessly. Last week, Nick and Luke read their first book independently. I was so proud and so were they.
Since our homeschool journey started, each week we focus on a letter. All of our Language Arts curriculum is centered around that letter for the week.
The first week we focused on the letter F. The next next week we added B. And then the next week M, then T, R and finally we added the first vowel, A. (I do want to add that Nick and Luke did know their letter sounds, or at least the majority of them, from attending Mothers Day Out last year.)
Once we added A, the curriculum instructed us to take the letters A and T and put them together and sound them out.
Naturally, this spelled at.
Then, if we slid the letter B in front of that and sounded it out, this spelled bat.
Then we could switch out the B for an M and that spelled…. mat. And you get the idea.
Now we have added H, P and S and last week was their first week to read an official book without my help- the book is called Pam. A short four page book that is included in this Fun Tales reader collection that came with our curriculum but is also available over on Amazon.
As each week goes on, we add a new letter and we get to read a new book that incorporates those letters.
And this is the story of how I taught my twins to read.
If I can do it, you can too!