Hooked On Phonics Review

Hooked on Phonics

 I want to talk about “Hooked on Phonics” today, as a tool to use in your homeschooling efforts.

My parents used this program, 40 some years ago with my brother who it turns out had dyslexia (they did not know that at the time).

He was having a horrible time in school, just couldn’t seem to learn to read or remember what he had just read.  So, mom got the “Hooked on Phonics” program on reel to reel… I told you this stuff has been around for a long time!

Anyway, to make a long story short, “Hooked on Phonics” really helped my brother a lot.  It was still many years later before someone at his school figured out his true problem, dyslexia!  (but that is another whole story and partly why I believe so much in homeschooling, for another day though.)

“Hooked on Phonics”, works on the basic principals of teaching your child the sounds of letters and how to sound out words.  I learned this way in school when I was a child and never figured out why it is no longer used in schools, oh yeah, it is old school so it can’t work!

“Hooked on Phonics” has gone through some big changes since the 1970’s when my parents got the program, and it is all for the better. The programs are broken down into grade levels and formatted to use with workbooks that give your child a visual look at the word also, giving the visual and auditor learners each something they can use.

I like the programs, I like the concepts, I think the some of the “old school” ways do work, no matter what our “modern” schools tell us! If you would like to try “Hooked on Phonics”, they have a 30 Day Risk-Free Trial Only $14.95 – Learn More at HookedOnPhonics.com. It is a good way to try the program and see if it can’t help your child. For $14.95 you really can’t lose.

Tell me your story if you have tried “Hooked on Phonics” for your child.

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April 30th, 2013

Teaching Your Child at Home

Each child has a unique way of learning. The three learning modalities are the sensory channels we use to obtain and process information. Visual learners process information best with pictures and diagrams; these children learn best seeing things. Auditory learners learn best by listening and discussing things. Kinesthetic learners learn best with a hands on approach. Most children learn through all three learning modalities.

Temperament theory states that all people differ in their interests, attitudes, judgments, and perceptions. This greatly affects how we want to learn, what we want to learn, and the way we learn. When a parent learns what their child temperament style is, they can plan out how to effectively teach their child.

There are four temperament styles: where the attention is focused, how information is acquired, how decisions are made, and work habits and lifestyle.

The child is either extroverted or introverted, which means either focusing on outside objects, people events or inner world of ideas. The child is either sensing, which means the child acquires information from the senses (concrete and present) or intuition, which focuses on insight, inspiration, future, and possibility. The child either makes decisions based on logical analysis and cause and effect (thinking) or on personal values and the affect on the self (feeling). Lastly, the child prefers their life to be orderly and structured (judging) or spontaneous and flexible (perceiving).

Howard Gardner, originator of multiple intelligences, defines seven kinds of intelligence. Most children have strengths in two or three of them and need work on the rest. One kind of intelligence is verbal/linguistic, which is speaking and reading. Another type of intelligence is logical/mathematical, which is concepts and abstract patterns. Another kind of intelligence is visual/special which is thinking in images, pictures, shapes, and colors. Another kind of intelligence is musical, such as rhythm, pitch, melody and harmony. Another type of intelligence is bodily/kinesthetic, which is touch, making, and doing. And yet another type of intelligence is interpersonal, which is relating and cooperating with people. Last but not least is intrapersonal, which is independence and self-motivation.

Learning how your child perceives the world around him/her and learns will allow you to maximize their intellectual strengths and teach them effectively.

April 27th, 2013

Methods of Homeschooling

You are wrong when you think of homeschooling as an entirely unstructured way of educating a child. The common notion is that parents will teach whatever they know without a pattern whatsoever. But that is not really how it is done.

In homeschooling, the teacher will gauge the ability of the child and teach from there. There are a lot of methods and these may be approved in your state. Children taught at home also have subjects, performance evaluation, field trips and others much like the other children who are sitting in a classroom.

Here are some teaching methods you can use when you are homeschooling:

All-in-one. This is a curriculum that is recommended for those who live in rural areas where access to a library is hard. This is a package that has everything you will need (mostly for a year) such as books and even pencils. Using this style is like having a classroom at home but your children are the only students. Obviously, this is good if you are starting with homeschooling.

Student-paced. Maybe the reason you want your child to be homeschooled is because you want to ensure that he really is learning and is being assisted in achieving his own potential. This student paced is much like an all-in-one curricula but the lessons are taught depending on the child’s pace.

Unit studies. This method means that all the subjects your child will have in your homeschooling will be related on one topic. This is good if your child is a “multi-grader” because lessons can be easily adjusted from simple to comprehensive. That means that if your child may be grade 3 in math, grade 2 in science and grade 5 in English, centralizing the lessons in a topic helps him relate the information taught to him.

Online education. This is a method where in the Internet is very much involved. It means enrolling your child to an online school for tutoring, playing educational games in the internet, taking examinations and others. This is a nice alternative for children who have limitations to travel to a school.

Unschooling. This is a homeschooling method of teaching where the interests of the child are the guide in learning. Children who are “unschooled” explore the world with the parent as a teacher assisting him on his side. This is not leaving the children to learn on their own but instead allowing your child to dictate what he wants to learn thereby ensuring his cooperation.

There are many more methods of teaching that can be used in homeschooling but those will be mentioned at another time. You only have to remember is that it is okay to go from one method to another or use them in combination. Observe your child what is best suited for him for you to be able to use the appropriate method.

January 2nd, 2011

Strengthen Your Family Bond by Homeschooling

By definition, homeschooling happens when you teach your children at home instead of enrolling them in a formal school. Other than you, a tutor can be the one to go to your house and teach your child. Signing up your children in correspondence school is also another form of homeschooling.

Thinking of you as the teacher at home, the amount of time you get to spend with your children will develop and strengthen your bond. Imagine being with them almost all of their waking moments. You only get to play a different role as time passes by – that is, being their mother and then their teacher and then being a loving mother again when class is over.

The bond between families has been established early in your children’s lives. However, this is disrupted as they have to be separated from you because they have to go to school. That is the legal way of doing things before but not anymore with homeschooling. The problem here is that as your children grow and develop, they will desire to stay with their friends at school. That is why you have to be critical in allowing them if they ask permission for “group project” or “group presentation” and others.

On the other hand, homeschooling will ensure that your children are at home and prioritizing on their studies rather than coping well with challenges of influential friends. This does not mean that your children will be restrained in the house. It only means the time your children play outside the house is more controlled and they do that not have to face the unnecessary decisions involving peer pressure. Such of these have to smoke even if they know that it is bad because all of his friends tried it and escaping classes because all the “strong” boys of the class planned to boycott a teacher.

The difference is obvious with homeschooling since the learning environment of your children is safe and secure. It will not be a place where they have to stress themselves to be accepted in their class or friendship group. As you spend more time with them, they will feel your concern and they will be more willing to tell you whatever dilemma that is bothering them (much like seeing you as a friend and counselor). That means they trust you and that the bond is tight.

What you should remember as you go through homeschooling to keep the bond strong as you are is to project that you accept and recognize their feelings. You are not suppose to judge them and that you should keep whatever you have talked about confidential because your children’s “petty” problems are not for your friend’s laughing game.

Homeschooling provides you lots of opportunities to develop a loving bond with your family. Take these chances to guide them with deciding soundly while making them feel loved.

December 28th, 2010

Quick Guide to Know if Homeschooling is For You

You may be planning or thinking of homeschooling but somehow there are many things you are asking yourself if it is for you or if it is for your child.

The obvious thing when teaching children at home is that it requires a lot of work. It requires you to do things legally like pass certifications, register that you are doing homeschooling, teach your children, and of course, you having to carrying yourself as a profession educator.

That sure did not come as a shock but you might still be overwhelmed by the number of things you have to accomplish with the deadlines if only to make your homeschooling legal and formal so that universities will recognize you and your child’s efforts.

With the stress established, time is also a factor. Sometimes you think that there will be too much to do in so little time but that is something you just have to deal with. Another is that, when you start homeschooling, remember that you will be at home most of the time (with the lessons you have to prepare, teaching your kid, and house chores). You might feel you do not have time for yourself already.

Also, if your desire to teach your child everything you think he needs to learn drives you that much, this just might be your call. Having the motivation and the perseverance to go with the decision will be highly needed.

Homeschooling is not about just watching your child learn. It is encouraging, supporting and teaching him. The lessons might require you to read a lot but that is just how things will go if you want to teach your child lessons with bulk and not just touching the surface.

You may also think that you will be saving money with homeschooling but there is a good chance that you might not? Unless you will be balancing a job at home or keeping an outside job and teaching your child, then there will still be two financial providers in the family. Having another work while teaching would be hard that is why some resign on their old jobs and teach full time.

Of course, you also have to be ready with the many negative comments you will receive as you start but just do the job. The performance of your child may amaze them in time.

Effort, time, money, and words of criticisms are the major problems one encounters with homeschooling. But, you are not going to go through the process alone. You have a lot of resources such as the internet, books, journals and joining a support group will really be helpful. Just surrounding yourself with positive people and focusing on your goal why you chose to teach your children is a good start to get you through this.

If you think you can handle this, then go ahead and proceed with homeschooling.

August 11th, 2010

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