Homeschool Reading Specialist

Yes, you can teach your child to read!

Reading 101 ~ The Components of a Well-Rounded Reading Education

on June 6, 2014

Reading 101 is a series of posts taken from Reading workshops I have done at NCHE’s (North Carolinians for Home Education) homeschooling convention. To learn more about NCHE, go to


I worked as a Reading Specialist in the public school system before coming home to teach. In talking with parents over the years, it seems that reading instruction is one of the “scarier” aspects of homeschooling for some, especially when it comes to teaching a child to read, but the truth is you can teach your child to read and it can be one of the greatest joys of your homeschool experience. You can be just as effective, if not more so, than a trained classroom teacher.Image Given the one-on-one environment of homeschooling and the curriculum available that will walk you through what you are supposed to do and say to teach your child to read, this is a doable task. Be encouraged – you can do it!

There are some basic fundamentals that can help in teaching reading and in evaluating reading curricula. Some curricula are well-rounded and thorough. Others focus on one reading skill area and are more supplemental in nature. Still others do a good job in teaching a child to read, but leave out other important skills that are vital to the reading process.

There are 5 components that comprise a well-rounded reading program. Understanding these 5 components can 1) help you give your child a sound reading education; 2) help you build a strong reader; 3) take some of the fear out of reading instruction; 4) aid in selecting curriculum or if you already have a reading curriculum, it will help you in selecting what activities need to be added to help your child in certain areas.

These 5 Components are phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Be sure your reading curriculum incorporates these components for a well rounded reading education.

More to come in this series:

Phonemic Awareness | Phonics | Comprehension | Fluency | Vocabulary

Happy Reading!


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