Teaching to Read

Reading is the key to learning. Every subject will require reading and the stronger your child is in reading, the more independent and successful they can be at schooling. The first revelation in the Quran is Iqra – Read. It’s a command from Allah(swt). Learning to read is the most important step towards learning.

There are some great books out there that can help you start this rewarding task. One book I used and was successful with is, “Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons”. The use of word families, pick simple books from the library and practice with your child. Read to your child while pointing to the words, encourage your child to read one page while you read the next. Don’t focus on the spelling. It’s not important that they can spell all the words they can read, as long as they can consistently read them. With reading and practice, the spelling will eventually come.

Practice, Practice, Practice! Practice is the key to getting them to read. Encourage them to read instructions on their assignments, signs, labels, titles, ads, cereal boxes, anything and everything they can. Help them break down bigger words into syllables, cover part of the word to help them break it down, but don’t overwhelm them. If there is a word that they are struggling with help them break it down, show them how to break it down. If the word doesn’t follow a regular phonetics pattern, say it for them and repeat it as many times as they see it and they will eventually memorize the words (sight words).

As parents, caregivers, and educators, we need to provide support and encouragement to children. Teaching them to read is rewarding for them and us!

Here are some books that can help you teach your child to read:

Dr Seuss books
Biscuit series
Frog and Toad Together
Pete the Cat
Henry and Mudge
Eric Carle books
BOB books


Is Homeschooling Right For Me?

Long ago before there were school houses, children were educated in their homes. They were not sent to schools for an education. Then there came school houses, made for those who could not educate their children at home for various reasons. Overtime, it became a tradition to send children to schools to get an education. It even evolved from a one room school that housed multiple levels and ages of children to a single level or age per a classroom.

Why homeschool? Is it right for me? Can I do it? Am I organized? What about socialization? Will my family and/or friends approve? Are they really learning? Am I equipped to teach the child? How will they get into college? How will I do it? The questions are endless but what you need to ask yourself is, am I, my child, and my family willing to make the homeschool investment?

Some of the things to take into account if you are going to homeschool your child….

  • Am I confident enough to teach my child?
  • Is homeschooling right for my child?
  • Will my child be happy? Will I be happy?
  • Will I have time to teach my child?
  • Do I have a support system at home? Outside the home support system?
  • How can I find the right curriculum?
  • What are my state’s regulations regarding homeschooling?
  • How long am I planning to homeschool my child?
  • What about college?
  • What’s the cost to homeschooling?