Before you venture into the world of homeschooling/getting your child to read (or teaching them to read), you have to make learning fun.
How to make reading fun? Select reading materials that kids are interested in–comic books, books that are tied to a movie (gulp, “Frozen”), books on sports figures or movie stars, etc.
If I can’t go to the library or bookstore, where can I get books?
- Your cell phone–iPhone, iBook app- in the search window, write “free” and select a book that may interest your child.
- Google “free online books for kids” like this website
- Milwaukee Public Library eBooks
- Newsela is a great site that is now available for free. You can select current event readings and children can do a reading comprehension quiz after. There’s also writing prompts and more.
- Khan Academy--Free online classes for all grade levels and all subjects.
- MPS Online Learning page
What about reading levels? How do I know which book to select for my child?
First, reading is reading. I read all of the Harry Potter books, and it fed my enjoyment for reading, and there was plenty to talk about–characters, conflict, themes, etc. Danny read all of the Babysitters’ Club books. Pick a book that interests your child. You will want to throw in a few books that challenge your child.
Reading levels: Click on this link to see a site that shows the following-
- Click on the grade level on the top to see the grade level.
- Lexile level–on some books, you can see on the back of the book or inside cover the Lexile level.
Reading Comprehension: How do I know my child understands what they are reading? Here’s a site with reading comprehension questions. I wouldn’t worry about printing out the sheets (look at the sidebar for more activities). Copy the activity down on paper or have your child read the reading passages and questions and write the answers on a sheet of paper.
How do I know my child is learning? Ask questions. Talk about the story. Can your child recall events? Does your child identify conflicts and themes? Can your child draw the story out?
If you are interested in reviewing the Wisconsin Department of Instruction ELA standards, click here.
Set aside time for your child to read–How much? Read here.