Homeschooling and I: Teaching your child to read

Few days ago, as I was surfing the internet, I found a few interesting sites about homeschooling. I have actually read about it before, but didn’t quite capture the idea of it, until I found this blog, which soon made me realize that “hey, i’ve been homeschooling my son all this while! how come i not know?” So what is homeschooling all about?

Basically, homeschooling is having school at home, instead of at school, and being taught by the mother, father, or both, or a private tutor. Homeschooled kids do not attend any formal school; government or private. Usually, children actors and actresses or athletes that travels a lot are homeschooled. They have a private tutor who will follow them anywhere they go . Some kids are fully homeschooled, but some are part-time homeschoolers. Part-time homeschoolers usually are taught things that they don’t learn at school.

The best thing about homeschool is you don’t have to wait until your child is four years old to start learning the basics of ABCs, numbers, reading, writing and counting. You can actually start from now! I started introducing my child to the basics since he was 6 months. I showed him flash cards which I got for free during visits to the paediatrician. I also bought him a box set of books on numbers, ABC, shapes, colours and first words. In our free time, my husband and I will cuddle with him and read to him, show him the colourful pictures in the books and introduce the names of things. Even at first he just mostly chewed on the books, it was actually worth it because now he can say the names of every single thing in the books, he knows the alphabets and can properly count 1 to 10 just before his second birthday.

Aiman’s first set of books

Present from Uncle Wan for Aiman’s first birthday

Learning Arabic and Alif Ba Ta. Found these cards at the KLIBF.

Three important lessons i learnt during the months are firstly, don’t put the pressure on yourself and the little one. Let him absorb knowledge at his own pace. If you try to make him learn too much at once, he will turn his focus away somehow. Heheh. Secondly, be very very very patient. You won’t get anywhere if you get angry very fast. If you get angry, you will upset the kid. When the kid is upset, it will be very difficult to handle him. Finally, don’t worry if your child seems to be playing and not learning much. Give him time. And kids don’t read until they can talk. If you teach your child to read early, by the time they can talk, they can read too. Same goes to reciting the Qur’an.

Aiman’s reading corner arranged by Papa. There used to be pictures on the wall but Aiman pulled those off. Everyday, Aiman will sit quietly here and read .

He especially likes to read about planes and stars and spiders, because he recognized those from his baby books.

Aiman can tell you the story of Goldilocks and also of Three Billy Goats Gruff!


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