Homeschool Reading

Will My Child Ever Learn to Read?

Reading Idea

Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS

If you’re like most parents in general, whether your child is in traditional or homeschool, you might wonder if your child will ever learn to read. As a mother of five, we saw a struggle with two of our children. Our oldest went to traditional school. We homeschool the three middle and the youngest is in traditional school. 

Our two middle children struggled greatly with reading. They still do. They both need a lot of extra assistance with reading. The one thing I learned from our youngest child who’s in traditional school is that reading takes time and a lot of practice! 

Because our youngest is in traditional school we have more of a tendency to make sure we are on our “A”game! I’m sure you know what I mean by that.

She is in kindergarten. She regularly has homework where she has to read a small book with sight words to five family members or five times every night. I am amazed at her progress.

I’ve tried to recall what season of life we were in when our other two were younger and struggled with reading. Did we spend enough time trying to help them? Maybe we were in a rush more often and didn’t spend as much time as we should have. If we had spent more time with their reading when they were younger maybe they wouldn’t struggle so much today.

I don’t doubt some children struggle with reading and they need additional help and resources- but I do believe – a lot of children simply need the repetition of reading to garner that skill. 

Right now our kindergarten child is reading Modern Curriculum Press; Phonics Practice Reader. For example; here is one of the books she is reading this week, Cass and the Mat. 

We have a paper to sign off that says she read five times each night. 

Like most everything; we need practice to get better at it. Sometimes when we homeschool we want to get through the checklist of subjects. We all do it! But, it’s important to remember, just like walking, running, talking, learning to jog, learning how to cook, dance, read the Bible, be a great communicator – it all takes patience and practice. It’s hard but practice is vital.

Me and Omar now know this!

Be sure to spend extra time with your child helping him or her read this week. 

Even if you have older children who struggle, go back to the basics to see if you can help them by simply spending more time allowing repetition. 

But of course, if your children need additional help and resources – reach out to someone in your local school district who can help. 

Homeschooling is an amazing journey! 

God is with you!

Enjoy it!

~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS