Whether you are new to homeschooling or a veteran, one thing is a certainty: if you have more than one child, it is likely that they will not learn in the same way! What works beautifully for one child might be disappointing for the others.
Say you don’t have the time to research the precise learning needs of each of your children - nor the unlimited resources required to purchase teaching materials tailored to each of your learners, the idea of teaching to each child in a way that will work for him will seem impossible.
TEACH READING K-1. Use Easy-for-Me Reading – For beginners or for any child who is really struggling with reading – including trouble with letters and their sounds – this kit is the answer. The Easy-for-Me Reading Kit covers grades Kindergarten through 1st Grade and includes everything you need to successfully teach reading. If you have two children at roughly the same place in reading, teach them at the same time. For example, you might have a kindergartener and a third grader who is virtually a non-reader. Teach them at the same time, but enlist your older child to “tutor” or guide your beginner as he/she is learning the concepts for the first time.
READING HELP. Use SnapWords® sight words – For children who are good with letters and sounds, but just need to improve their reading, a SnapWords® Kit is the answer.
Reading struggles can include:
TEACH READING 2-3. If you have used Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit 1, this Kit is “what’s next.” The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit 2 is a right-brained approach designed especially to teach all aspects of reading explicitly so that no child is left behind. It is visual, tactile, hands-on, and very effective where traditional approaches fall short. Use it for your beginning readers and for children who have failed to learn to read to date. OR This Kit will be the starting point if your child:
MORE SPELLING and PHONICS HELP. Use SnapWords® with SnapWords® Mini-Lessons – For your child who needs help with spelling, memorizing lists of words and their spellings is not the answer. The drilling won’t result in your child remembering how to spell the words later. Get your child into the habit of studying the SnapWords® picture and then closing his/her eyes and picturing the same image in his/her imagination. Then have him/her open their eyes and write the word they can “see” on paper.
It might be slow-going at first, but the more your child practices visualization, the easier it will become and the more he will rely on this very strong asset that is built into their brain – the power to instantly remember visuals. Any SnapWords® Kit (306 or 607) will come with the SnapWords® Mini-Lessons in it and this book will guide you through the process of teaching the words in either 306 SnapWords® Kit – as well as visualization, spelling, phonics, and writing.
MORE PHONICS HELP. Use The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns. This book is a valuable resource that teaches all the sound spellings in our language! One book covers everything and lessons are on 2-4 difficulty levels so you can gear your lesson to each specific learner. The book comes with a CD version so you can print off the pages you need to give your children. Take the approach of making sure each of your children knows the contents of this book – and thus they will be able to decipher any word in our language – rather than thinking you have to teach a spelling / phonics lesson for every day of their school years.
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Finally, although every child is unique and cannot be perfectly described by one general label, children do typically rely on one or more type of intelligence, so it’s worth thinking about in order to make sure you are teaching in a way that will meet his/her needs most completely. Allowing your children to do activities that take advantage of their natural strengths goes a long way toward building learning confidence and toward helping them advocate for themselves and their needs.
Once we start talking about different learning strengths, it’s easy to think that we must use completely different resources or methods for teaching each child if they are all so unique. However, research has shown that many nontraditional learners learn best through pictures and hands-on lessons.
Please know you can contact us with any questions you have about teaching your learners!