The things I look for when getting prepared to help my children learn to read are:
- a desire to sound out letters
- they start to notice the words on the page of a book and not just the picture the interest of what things "say"
- asking all the time how to spell things
- begin to spell things even if they don't make sense~ ex-"M-O-M I want to E-O-T." (or eat!)
If your child can read and have good reading comprehension, (that is a MUST), they can now begin the path of being able to teach themselves anything! My 14 year old daughter taught herself to speak and write fluently in spanish in 8 months! I have never known spanish. How did she do it? The answer is she WANTED to learn it so she did! We just gave her the tools when she was younger how to teach herself. Please don't misunderstand me! I am not saying we just leave our kids to chance and we are not available to guide them! We teach them much when they are young, and learn their "bend" and then let them lead their education. Our oldest son is 16 and never has been the sitting kind! So at a young age, we let him outside to build and bought him some wood, hammer and nails and let his creativity soar! He did learn to read and write great but we realized very early on, he was going to require us to "educate" him differently than his sister! That is what has been so essential for our success in home-educating our children! Learning their different "bends" and going with it!
I was going to do theme teaching on this blog, but am going to wait until next week for that! Stay-tuned!