My journey with home schooling started when my friends had suggested I put my baby girl (now 12) into nursery. I remember the feeling of anxiety, that separation anxiety would get the better of me. Why should I put my little one into the care of a few strangers with a large room of other kids. The illnesses and the dangers just ran through my mind a million miles an hour.
I was told kids who don’t socialise through nursery or receive the correct ‘ pre school education’ just wont do well.
I made it a mission of my own to teach my daughter and prove them wrong and actually didn’t intend on homeschooling at all just prepping for the big journey ahead so she wont be behind or struggling in her first year.
I found that not only did I thoroughly enjoy homeschooling but my little one took to it amazingly and was reading by the age of 5 in English and Arabic. I enrolled her into school for her first year and saw no progress I was actually disgusted they had only done ABC’s and counting in tens to 100 in the first 6 months. Needless to say I pulled her out and got back on the homeschooling train. This time every parent who tried to tell me my daughter will be behind I instantly thought… oh Shush, in other not so nice words.
Over the years and now having 5 children I have found some resources and made some of my own lesson plans to teach my kids how to read. My 3 year old is able to read 2- 3 letter words and is doing the best out of all my kids at that age. I guess now I have figured out what works best and how to utilise my time and what to focus on.
This book Alpha-phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers. “An effective, step-by-step intensive phonics program for teaching reading to beginners of all ages. Designed for easy use by teachers, tutors, and parents”
This Book is an absolute life saver, I have used it in combination to flash cards and other things that I made to reinforce what is learnt and compliment their lessons
If you don’t have the time to make flash cards I recommend something in high resolution, black writing on white background with minimal or no pictures. the following are a few other good resources for phonics. Amazon was a gold mine for cheap and effective books.