October 21, 2010
I had intended to publish one reading post but when it was all said and done, hours and hours of writing and editing later, it was very long so I decided to publish it as two separate posts.
Here is the second post.
I went to university to learn how to be a teacher. But I stayed well clear of the elementary education route, focusing instead on secondary biology and math, for a couple reasons. Firstly, large groups of small children say, more than four, overwhelm me. Secondly, I was totally freaked out by the idea of teaching children to read.
No thank you, I'd rather wait till all the basics of behavior and academics were well established and then teach the in-depth and nitty gritty of high school math and biology.
A couple things happened early on in my university career that side-tracked this plan.
All of that to say I never did enter the teaching establishment, though I value my university education and did teach in private, small group settings throughout my six years in school (I took it slow to work part-time, save money and get married to my sweetie). And I'm sure by the time my kiddos get around to high school sciences and math I will have forgotten most of what I once studied to teach.
But to cut to the chase, although I have a Bachelor's degree in Education I didn't learn a lick about teaching someone to read.
In fact, this most foundational piece of education, learning to read, was what worried me most about homeschooling. Intuitively I knew it would unfold naturally and I would find the resources I needed when I needed them but I still wondered how I would do this most fundamental task - teach a child to read.
Before I share our experience with teaching our children to read, which will be in the next post, I need to lay out my philosophy because it has informed our methodology.
In no particular order here are some of my thoughts about reading.
photo credit Celine
Please remember these are just my opinions, as is everything I write on this blog.
As I said earlier I have not a lick of training in teaching literacy, I also have very little experience with learning disabilities. I have nothing besides my own observations and deeply held convictions to back any of these ideas up.
Feeling as I do about the importance of both literacy and the emotions of early childhood reading I had initial anxieties about teaching our children to read.
How do you teach someone to read? What if I messed up? What if they just didn't "get it"?
Stay tuned for my next post on this topic where I discuss how we've taught and are teaching our children to read. Hope you can wait a couple weeks.
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