Trouble teaching your children to read? Well, here is a strategy that’s better than phonics! While, it may appear heartless and cruel, children can’t resist it. They are forced to learn whether they want to or not! This is how it works:
Pick out a great book, a real classic. Don’t start reading from page 1. Instead, dig deep into the book until you reach its climax. Then, begin reading slowly and in a whisper. Watch as your children lean forward to hear. As the story’s energy climbs, read faster and faster, loud and louder! Your children’s hearts will race as their eyes grow wide. Then just before the story climaxes, at the peak of stress and conflict, slam the book shut, refusing to read another word!
Ignore your children’s pleas to read on. Let them know that if they want to hear the rest of the story they’ll have to read it to themselves. Increase their torment by displaying the unfinished books on the mantel to serve as a constant reminder, an overwhelming temptation.
Motivating Children to Read
Eventually, your children will break, begging you to teach them how to read. Let them squirm a little, then break out a Phonics Reading Curriculum and watch as your children devour it!
This strategy works so well because it provides the needed motivation to learn how to read. While an uninspired student learns very little, the inspired student can’t be stopped. That is why we spend just as much time thinking about ways to motivate our children as we do creating their curriculum. This is true for all subjects. When we began teaching our children to cook, we always started with a nibble of tasty dessert. Before teaching our girls to sew, we spent a few days admiring beautiful dresses. Once the hook is set, you won’t need to reel them in, they will just swim your way! Combine inspiration with a great curriculum and your homeschool will flourish!