“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ~Groucho Marx

Reading is potentially one of life’s most underrated accomplishments. Consider for a moment how much reading you do in a single day – beginning with what you’re reading right now. From reading boxes and packages to determine what’s for breakfast to reading the television guide to find a late movie, reading seamlessly becomes a part of every day. It’s one of the three basic skills, along with ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic.’

We’ve published a tremendous number of articles on reading over the years, covering everything from late readers to reading difficulties to joining a book club with your kids! Whether your children are accomplished readers or just starting down the road to reading, you’ll find lots of great articles here on the subject of Reading!

Articles on Reading

One Mother’s Search for the Meaning of Literacy, by Sherry Kinser – As an avid reader and an English major in college, I have collected many books. I was thankful to have a ready-made library when I started home educating my ten-year-old son, Alex, four years ago.

Learning to Read, by Sue Smith Heavenrich – I am sure my children learned to read by osmosis. I certainly didn’t teach them. It wasn’t for lack of materials, understand.

Reading Lessons, by Valerie Bonham Moon – It was late at night, the lights were out, and my book lay on the stack next to my bed where I’d dropped it. I was falling in and out of sleep when the stillness was torn by the crash of…. of falling books?

From Tapes to Reading, by Janet Keip – We gave book tapes at Christmas, birthdays, Easter and to celebrate the cat having kittens. Fortunately Jaime enjoyed the tenth listening of a book tape as much as she did first.

Encouraging Reading, by Cafi Cohen – Over the years – by talking to other parents, by observing hundreds of homeschooling families, and by trial and error – we discovered a number of techniques that encourage reading (for non-readers and reluctant readers) and that stimulate kids to try more diverse and challenging materials, including some of the classics.

Passport to the World, by Sue Smith Heavenrich – My son is off exploring the world this year. Last month it was Asia; this month it’s Africa. He’s got his passport and a backpack loaded with books and a map…

For Reading Out Loud, by Marty Layne – Reading seasonal stories year after year can be one way to give shape and meaning to your family’s holiday rituals. Let me tell you some of the criteria I use to choose books to read out loud and share some of my favorite Christmas stories with you based on those criteria.

By Jove, I Think He’s Got It!, by Robin Ohlgren-Evans – Taylor turns twelve this year and I can finally say without any reservations, without a moment’s hesitation, without any words of explanation he is reading. He is reading!

The Love of Reading, by Cay Gibson – Society has entrusted us with a sense of guilt that if you sit down to read, you are not doing what is expected of you as a stay-at-home mother. You are being lazy, non-productive.

Will They Ever Read?, by Carol Narigon – The first thing you need to do is decide what is your goal for your daughter. Do you want her to learn to read at a certain age so she’ll be on grade level comparable with your local public schools? Or do you want her to love reading for the rest of her life?

Reading and Perpetual Motion, byKris Bordessa – Story time for Evan has always been full of fidgets and wiggles. Now at the age of seven, Evan has mellowed in some aspects, yet he is still unable to enjoy stories like I do. Quietly. Calmly.

Kids Classic Book Club, by Kathy Ceceri – But the best part of belonging to a homeschoolers’ book club may be knowing that, in amongst all the Star Wars novelizations and Garfield comic books my kids strew around the house, they’re going to read at least one good, meaty, thought-provoking book every month–all without any nagging by me!

Book Clubs and Other Reading Resources, by Becky Rupp – Book clubs all of a sudden have become hot stuff – which makes perfect sense, since The joys of reading a great (or even not-so-great) book is the opportunity to hash it over with interested friends afterwards.

Read All About It and More!, by Doris Schuchard – Think newspapers and magazines are only good for reading? Then you need to try Puzzle Pictures, Newspaper Mad Libs(R), or Comic Capers. Here are some fun ways for your kids to play with words and learn a little something, too!

Loving the Library, by Becky Rupp – Of all possible homeschooling resources – after, of course, such pipe-dream unobtainables as unlimited time and money – next-best is a library card.

The Ongoing Debate in Reading Instruction, by Mark B. Thogmartin – Theorists and reading educators in the public school arena have been debating the issues surrounding the role of phonics instruction for decades. The debate continues to this day, with no signs of letting up.

Learning to Read, by Christine Lozano – Learning to read may be the biggest educational challenge we attempt as human beings. Learning to walk, learning to talk, seem to come effortlessly, as part of our genetic coding. Learning to read, on the other hand, seems calculated, full of effort, labored. And yet, does it have to be?

Reading Resources

Best Homeschooling Many inspiring, informative, and encouraging articles on reading can be found at Lillian Jones’ excellent Best Homeschooling site.

Best Homeschooling: Reading The Written Word, Reading and Language: Links to learning language arts, children’s literature, reading, grammar, writing, word games & puzzles, vocabulary, poetry, spelling, dictionaries, languages, and more.

StarFall “Where children have fun learning to read!” Offered as a free public service.

FUN Books “We want to support homeschoolers, not just sell to them.”

Reading Rockets A national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read – and how parents can help.

Book Adventure A FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

Read Across America NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or around Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

HEM Back Issues Package: Reading & Writing This package includes an approximately equal number of articles on reading and writing subjects, including special topics such as late readers, spelling and unspelling, free writing, discovering your writer’s voice, reading aloud, writing groups, book clubs, making your own book, and reading Shakespeare.

HEM Back Issue Package: Winter Reading HEM’s Winter Reading Back Issue Package combines issues with articles on book clubs, using the library, reading activities for reluctant readers, and writing clubs to include the whole family in a book-rich winter experience. Top it off with hot chocolate or soup – recipe included!

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