This week’s assignment for the Virtual Homeschool Co-op is about our reading list.
I will be answering the following questions about reading in our homeschool. But before I start I want to say that I have 3 kids 6 years old and under. So I will be talking mostly about my 6 year old son, Chris, and a little bit about my 5 year old daughter, Sam.
Let’s get to the questions.
1. How and where do you get your book list?
We go to the library as much as we can and I let the kids get the books they want to read, this way they really enjoy their reading time. I usually get a couple of chapter books for Chris and I let him decide which book he wants to read for “school”.
Sam is still learning to read so we choose little readers for her. I’ve tried to follow a curriculum with her but it was a struggle, now that I let her choose what to read she has improved her reading and she has gained a lot of confidence.
In addition to the library books, Chris is reading EP First Reader, which is part of easy peasy all in one homeschool. It is a great book divided by day, it has a total of 180 days. Usually a chapter per day. This book includes books and poems and some questions about the books, etc. We love it! They have a free online version or you can buy it in book form. “>
That is what we did.
2. How big is your book list?
Except for the EP First Reader, we make the list as we go. Right now we are reading the magic tree house books, we just started with the number 1 but we will probably be reading the first 4 books, but like I said, we make the list as we go.
3. How do you assign reading?
Chris usually reads a chapter per day of the book he chose and one “day” of EP First Reader, both of them every day. But I’m pretty relaxed about it, if he doesn’t want to read one of the books on any given day that is totally fine by me. He is always reading anyways.
I don’t assign anything to Sam she also enjoys books and she reads without being told. I sit with her every day and we read together, as well, as much as she wants and what she wants to read.
4. Do you reward and give incentives to read?
We have a sticker chart, for every day that Chris reads his EP First Reader he gets a sticker, but honestly we forget a lot of the time.
5. Do you quiz for comprehension?
We follow the assignments for the EP First Reader and there are some questions there, but for the other books he usually reads them by himself and I don’t ask questions.
And that is how we do reading. I think that is really important to teach the kids to love books and reading, but we are relaxed with our reading and that is working wonderful in our house.