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New Year’s Resolutions for Homeschooling Parents

The New Year is right around the corner, and you’ve probably had many successes while teaching your child to read. Still, your child’s progress may be slower than you expected, or you may have encountered obstacles that prevent your child from learning new decoding skills. Here are some helpful New Year’s resolutions, recommended using research from the National Reading Panel, that may kick-start your child’s progress:

I will explain all of my new strategies for reading instruction with my child, and I will describe explicitly how these new strategies will be used. In many ways, your child is your partner when it comes to learning how to read. Your goals are the same. That’s why it’s important to take the time to explain new strategies that will help your child overcome learning obstacles. Once your child understands the changes that are taking place, and why they are taking place, he will probably be more cooperative during practice.
I will ensure that my curriculum spends equal time on print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills.

Each of these learning strategies are building blocks, and it’s easy for everything to collapse if you spend too much time in developing one skill over another. Review your current curriculum and find out if you’ve been placing too much emphasis in one area.
I will not rush through the lessons because I’m eager for my child to succeed. This can be a common mistake to make. Don’t feel bad if your child has to go back to a previous lesson to reinforce reading skills. Be patient and review ever single lesson thoroughly. Most of all, make sure that your child doesn’t feel bad for taking a backward step either.

Just remember that the existing teaching methods are proven. If you’re experiencing a temporary lapse in noticeable progress, take the time to review the basics and stay positive. Just focus on the new year ahead, and know that your child will steadily improve through each and every month.

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