Reading is one of the most important skills we teach our children. Whether they begin early or late, through struggles or with ease, that’s the first big academic hurdle for us as homeschool moms. So, how do we build in a culture of reading within our homes? What resources are available to help us? Below are some tips, resources, and strategies for making reading a priority no matter the age or stage of your students.
My Favorite Books about Books
There’s no shortage of books written about books. Here are a few of my favorites. Each one of them has different ways of encouraging us to make books a part of our family culture and some of them have annotated bibliographies which are helpful in choosing good books.
- Honey for a Child’s Heart– This classic book is a win if you are looking for encouragement on reading and choosing books with kids. Dan’s mom had this one in her arsenal long before the rest of these books were popular.
- Honey for a Teen’s Heart– I love how this book encourages us to use books to communicate with our teens. At our house, books are one of our best connection points throughout the day.
- The Read Aloud Handbook– Long an Ithaca favorite, Jim Trelease shares statistics and stories about reading aloud to children. This is a quick and compelling read and there’s always a copy at the library booksale. This is my standard baby gift for new parents (along with a book to start them off!).
- Some of My Best Friends Art Books: Guiding Gifted Learners– New to my collection, this one is a great read for families with accelerated readers.
- Read for the Heart: Whole Books for Whole Hearted Families– This one is written by Sarah Clarkson, a young adult who was homeschooled. She gives a lot of reasons to make books a part of your everyday experience and her book recommendations are outstanding.
- Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children– A follow up book by Sarah Clarkson and one that will inspire.
Resources on Reading from around the Web
There is a treasure trove of excellent resources on reading just a few clicks away. If you need some quick inspiration, I encourage you to check out these websites and articles on reading with your kids.
- The Read Aloud Revival– You are in for a treat! You’ll find posts and even more exciting, podcasts on reading from all sorts of folks in the homeschooling community including Jim Weisse, Andrew Pudewa, and Sarah Clarkson. These are terrific for downloading and listening while doing the dishes or folding clothes!
- Storyformed– The online home of Sarah Clarkson who writes about books and grew up as a homeschooled kid who was immersed in books. She’s created a place of encouragement for readers.
- On Reading & Books– This is a collection of the articles I’ve written on reading. You’ll find The Ultimate Guide to Establishing a Reading Culture in Your Homeschool along with other pieces written about How to Keep up with Your Accelerated Reader and How to Turn Emergent Readers into Super Readers. Visit my reading page to see more posts. You don’t want to miss the summer reading challenge!
How do you approach reading in your homeschool? As parents, we get the privilege of guiding our kids in their reading. Be encouraged and inspired with your readers today!