Reading

While I do think of reading as an integral part of learning English we read so much that I really do consider it a subject all on it's own.  One of my main goals in homeschooling was to foster a love of reading with all of my boys.


My belief is that teaching reading is as simple as helping the boys fall in love with books.  If they love books they're going to want to know how to read and if they want to know how to read they're motivated to try.

From there we just started in with a mixture of memorizing sight words, learning phonetic sounds and taking it one step at a time.

To help my boys fall in love with books and reading we try to read a wide variety of genres and we read together every day several times a day.  We immerse ourselves in books. 

They are allowed to choose their own books and can read just about anything they'd like.  

Allowing them to choose what they want to read has been key in helping them fall in love with reading and with books.  They know they can try a book and return it half read if they don't like it.

Often I am the one reading and the boys are listening and absorbing.

Other times they'll take turns reading out loud for us all to hear.

They also read independently about whatever interests them.  For Alec this means reading all about animals.  For Ian this mean reading all about trucks, gold mining, and wars.  And Evan mostly likes for us to read him graphic novels or books about Batman, Star Wars, and Ninjago.

We also listen to books on CD; A lot!  If we're in the car together we usually have a book going.

I often hear my boys talking about the books we've read long after we've finished them.  They'll act our scenarios where they're Harry and Ron casting spells or Percy and Annabeth fighting off Greek Gods.

 Here are a few examples of what we read:

Poetry:
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • A Light in the Attic
  • Cats, Bats and Things with Wings
  • Hey How for Halloween
  • Miles of Smiles
Series:
  • The whole Pigeon series by Mo Willams
  • Magic Treehouse Series
  • Boxcar Children Series
  • The Dragon Keepers
  • Animal Ark
  • Junie B. Jones
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Bunnicula
  • Baily School Kids
  • The Time Warp Trio
  • I Survived!
  • The Weird School
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle books
  • Harry Potter series
  • The Heroes of Olympus Series
  • My Weirder School series
  • Horrible Harry series
  • Ready Freddy Series
  • Flat Stanley Series
  • Percy Jackson Series
  • Warrior cat series
  • The Genius Files
  • The Secret Zoo series
  • Dragonbreath series
  • Spirit Animal series
  • Skippyjon Jones
  • Roscoe Riley
  • The Kane Chronicles 
  • The Hunger Games (with my oldest son)
  • My Weirdest School 

Favorite Authors:
  • Mo Willems
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Jon Scieszka
  • Shel Silverstein
  • Dan Gutman
  • Tedd Arnold
  • Jan Brett
  • Andrew Clements
  • Mary Pope Osborne
  • Rick Riordan
  • Chris Van Allsburg
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Mercer Mayer
  • Kevin Henkes
Picture Books:
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type
  • Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs
  • Jumanji
  • Dragons Love Tacos
  • Duck for President
  • I Crocodile
  • Wonderstruck--- by far our Favorite this year!
  • The Polar Express
  • Rikki- Tikki- Tavi
  • The cardboard piano
  • Wild about Books
  • I Will Not Read This Book
  • Strega Nona
  • Make Way for Ducklings
  • A Very Marley Christmas
  • The Polar Express
  • The Invention of Huge Cabret
  • Moo!
  • Mr. Ferris and his Wheel
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk


Movies/ Shows about Reading
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Word World
  • Super Why
  • Scholastic Storybook Classics on DVD
  • Electric Company
Drinking Butterbeer at Hogwarts! 

We also love to read books and then watch the movie to see how they compare.  A few that we've watched :
  • Jumanji
  • The Whole Harry Potter series
  • The Grinch
  • The Lorax
  • Hugo
  • Diary of a Wimpy kid (all the movies made so far)
  • Stuart Little
  • Tom Sawyer 
  • The Jungle Book
  • Rikki Tikki Tavi
  • Percy Jackson movies
  • The Hunger Games
  • Inkheart

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