We had lessons through the holiday season but today was the first day since the baby was born that my husband was away at work. I was not as nervous since I have had a whole month to get used to it and to recover. I have spent the last several days preparing lessons for this week and have been brainstorming on lessons and activities for rest of the month.
The boys’ reading skills have been improving so much! Isaiah is reading a lot more fluently and Elijah is only 10 lessons behind him. I told each of them that once they complete the program they will each get their first library card and a reading basket where they can keep the books they are reading for bedtime and quiet time.
They are both so excited! They already have enjoyed being able to read books to Josiah for his bedtime and naptime.
It is such an honor to teach your child to read. I am so glad I was able to do it myself. It has been an exciting and of course challenging process to see them go from not being able to read at all to reading a complete book!
Besides developing a relationship with their Lord, I hope to help each of my sons develop a love and passion for reading. The life of an avid reader is so much more enriched than that of a person that does not spend much time reading. I pray I leave them with this gift and that the Holy Spirit gives them the wisdom to always choose to read material that will challenge and convict them.
I always try to keep our lessons rich in literature. We always borrow from the library at least 50 books at a time. I am always looking for good, classical books to read with them. Books that are well written and that have stood the test of time. I love to read stories that assist me in character building or stories that put us in someone else’s shoes or that take us to a place we would probably never visit.
In our studies I look for historical biographies that can take us into history and show us the human perspective of a given historical event. When learning about Math or Science I hope to always remember to read about the lives of the men/women behind the formulas, theories etc.
It is really a magical time of our day when we sit at the couch together to enjoy our reading time. I especially enjoy the chapter books and especially enjoy reading material above their reading level (which is ALWAYS way below their comprehension level).
It is an understatement to say that the library is foundational to our curriculum. It is a priviledge and a blessing to have the chance to borrow any book we like for free. I am originally from Dominican Republic and know that most of the world does not enjoy this resource.
If you know of a good book and/or book list for early elementary please share. I will keep records of the books we read hoping the list will assist others in their search for good literature 🙂
I know, like me, other moms are always looking for good books. If you know of other ideas to further encourage and promote the love of reading in children please share 🙂