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For this Mama: I Can’t Home School, But I Can Read

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For this Mama: I Can't Home School, But I Can Read

Could you be a home school parent? If Congress passed a bill today making public schools obsolete and I had to teach my three - we wouldn't last a week. How do I know this? Years and years of dreaded, fall out crying, screaming on the floor ‘I can’t do it!!!!’ homework time. I am sure it’s got something to do with the fact that my children and I know too much about each other, like a doctor trying to operate on a family member – it’s just not a good idea. I have no problem teaching other people’s children. But, I would so rather not teach my three.
I am fully aware of the academic achievement gap that exists in schools.  That’s why I am eternally grateful to the teachers who relentlessly put forth every effort to make sure their students learn.  But even a teacher who is relentless about my child learning can’t do it all.  I know that I have to do things at home to help them out.  While I do not have the patience for teaching my own three, I do have the patience to help them become better readers. 
Let me tell you, helping with reading ain’t small potatoes. When parents promote reading, either by reading aloud to children and/or promoting reading for tweens and teens it can lead to:
  • Use of imagination
  • Conversation/discussion between parents and children on real-life experiences
  • Increase in critical thinking skills which are not only helpful in English class but also in math (anybody ever tried to decode a word problem?)  
According to the 2013 America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being in 2012
  • 77.1% African American
  • 71.1% Hispanic
  • 76.8% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 90.5 % White  
children ages 3-5 were read to 3 or more times in a week by a family member.

benefits of reading to children reading three times a week by race


Thank God our three, as of right now fingers and toes crossed, enjoy reading.  According to research it has something to do with the kiddos watching me read in my spare time.  I am winning when I can help the kiddos do well in school and all I am doing is reading.  Still my book loving children complain and I have to dish out threats to take away TV or tablets when they are slow to move when I yell, ‘It’s time to read!’  There is no doubt I am definitely working when I have to ask them to tell me about what they’ve read or ask them questions about what they’ve read. Regardless, I’ll take promoting reading for an hour to two at home.  I’d rather do that… then teach my three all day long. God knows I love them, but I’m just saying…


Home school or not, how do you promote reading at home?


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