One of the best parts of leading a homeschool program for your kids is the reading list. Reading can be such a magical hobby for kids. Unfortunately, school reading lists are often stuffy and boring, which snuffs out a child’s interest in reading. Take advantage of the freedom homeschooling provides and create a vibrant reading list for your children.
The first factor to consider when creating a reading list for your kids is their interests. They will likely be more engaged in the material if it pertains to their interests. If your children are interested in a particular historical period, you could find historical fiction from that period. Maybe you have a child who loves to pretend. They would likely be interested in fantasy books. Consider walking your kids through your local library or bookstore and see what they grab. This can show you what type of books grab their eye. You can use these books for their reading list or find something similar.
The curriculum can also be an important factor in choosing books. Some parents choose to craft their reading list based on the curriculum. Finding fun books about certain periods in time can be a great way to bring historical figures to life in your kid’s eyes. It makes what they are learning seem more significant and real.
How many books you should choose depends on the length of a given semester/quarter. Your curriculum will likely recommend a certain number of books that should be read in a given time. If your child is a slower reader, you might want to choose shorter books that are easier for them to read quickly. If your child seems to be at a higher reading level than the average, consider giving them longer books that might be more difficult to read. Kids are often inspired to work harder by the challenge.
When creating the reading list, you should see what supplemental materials you can find. Sometimes there are vocabulary lists and reading comprehension questions available online. If the book is more obscure, then you might have to create your own after reading the books. One great way to supplement the books is to give journal assignments throughout. These could be asking questions about why certain things happen in the book, or they could be simply asking for an emotional response to whatever is happening. You could even give a journal assignment placing your child in the shoes of the protagonist, asking them what they would do if they were in the story. Homeschool gives you the freedom to get creative with the assignments your kids complete.
The control homeschooling allows when it comes to what your kids are required to read is invaluable. Use this freedom to create a reading list that will inspire your kids to keep reading, even when the required books are finished. For more information about homeschool reading lists, give us a call today.