Where Do I Start?
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homeschooling my child. He is ten years old but
reads like a six-year-old.
I would recommend using Individualized Keyboarding.
Be sure to read the directions on how to use it to
improve his reading and spelling. It is in the back
of the book. If you are an
AVKO member, you will be
able to access the pages in
The Patterns of
English Spelling. This will
enable you to have fun timed composition exercises
to begin the process of achieving fluency in
writing. See also
Engaging Language Kits for more fun exercises to
enhance your spelling program.
have been homeschooling all my children and have
never had a problem until little Alfred came along.
He is having trouble even learning his alphabet.
After having had
no problem as a homeschool teacher teaching children
to read, having one child that seemingly can't
learn, is not an uncommon happening. Odds are your
child is one of the 15% who are
dyslexic. But not to
worry. Your child can learn. I would suggest that
you begin with
Starting at Square One.
Please be sure to read the directions on how to give
the lessons and the phonics. This is located toward
the back of the book. Consult the table of contents.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun.
The second most important thing is to limit learning
sessions to fifteen minutes.
I am a parent of a teenager who reads well above
grade level, but no one can read what he writes.
Both his spelling and his handwriting is absolutely
This is not as
uncommon as one would think. Part of the problem of
the atrocious handwriting is related to his lack of
confidence in spelling. What might look like two e’s
with a dot somewhere in between them can be read as
ei or ie, whichever is right. Still, you can help
your son improve his handwriting simply by insisting
on clarity. The old military routine that can help
him keep in shape of “ordering pushups” for each
illegible word works wonders.
I am a teacher with students who constantly misspell
simple words such as its and it's, there, their, and
they're, forget to use apostrophes or else decorate
their writings with them and use them for everything
Rather than you
decorating your students’ papers with red circles
around the misspelled its or it’s, the wrong there,
their, or they’re, etc., you might try the “puzzle”
approach. You correct their papers the way you
normally except for these words. You just count them
and at the end of the paper write the number of
errors on these words they have to find and correct.
You can also help them become more aware of these
problems by having daily dictation of two sentences
from Speech to Spelling.
I am a parent of a teenager who just plain can't
read anything or spell. He wants to learn but he
doesn't want to work with kiddy books
For any teenager
who just “can’t” read or spell anything, I would
start him with
Starting at Square One.
I would make sure that he understands that even
though it starts with simple words such as a, baa,
cab, dad, it builds rapidly and he will learn
rapidly. Have him master the handwriting (manuscript
and cursive) and the keyboarding element.
Keyboarding is a great aid in as much as both hands
and both hemispheres of the brain are being used
I’m a parent just starting homeschooling or one who just
See our main page
for homeschoolers and our article on
homeschooling methods. Then contact us for a
free curriculum consultation.
If you are still not sure where to begin,
please contact us.
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