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

Homeschooling Advantages

Homeschooling or the act of teaching children in the home with the parents or tutor acting as teachers is an alternative form of education that is starting to appeal in developed countries. It also refers to enrolling children to a correspondence school so that they will be studying more at home.

The education quality of traditional schools is deteriorating. A number of parents choose homeschooling as they want their children to reach their full potential. The parents may not be the teachers in this case but at least they have the say in hiring the teacher they think is best qualified to input data in their child’s mind.

A great percentage of reasons for homeschooling refer to keeping the religious or moral values of the family. Morality and religion are sensitive issues in this world at this time. There are a lot of things considered as “normal” by most that may not be consistent with the values of a child’s family. If this is the primary reason of parents to start homeschooling, then they only want to protect their children from the worldly pressures that may shatter their kids’ faith and values. Eventually, home-schooled children will learn of these problems but by that time, they are more mature to handle them.

An unbelievable but really logical advantage of homeschooling is socialization. But wouldn’t that be contradicting because children taught at home are limited to interact with their family members during classes? That is a misunderstanding actually. Homeschooling may mean that children will be learning at home but they actually have more time to interact to different groups in the society in general. They could visit a factory, or volunteer in elderly homes or actively learn in a machine shop. That means they get to socialize more with a variety of people. If the problem is having friends, well, the children have weekends to play with their friends in their block. What about school meets, prom and graduation? Home-schooled children can participate in athletic meetings and that parents can hold a graduation for their children. The prom thing is something to think about but that can be replaced with dance classes.

Another advantage of homeschooling is the fact that lessons can be tailored according to the individual abilities of the children. It is as flexible as your child may be doing grade 6 math and grade 5 English and grade 4 music. Your child learns at his own pace and he can help choose the lessons he will take.

But after all of these and many more advantages, tight family bonding tops the list of positive effects of homeschooling. Having a healthy family contributes to a more peaceful community and it decreases the rate of broken families which is the underlying cause of many problems.


June 26th, 2010

WA State Homeschooling is Online Too!

WAVAIn WA state we have free online learning for the homeschooling children.  Called WA Virtual Academies. It is a great opportunity for kids in WA to get a full curriculum at home and on the computer.

If you did not know that this was an option in WA please go check it out, this might be just the thing for your child.

What you get out of this program is;

WAVA students students in grades K-12:

  • Work one-on-one with one or more state-certified, highly qualified teachers.
  • Learn with the engaging, patented K¹² curriculum
  • Are connected through our active, supportive school community
  • Benefit from an individualized approach to learning

Just another option available to families trying to homeschool in WA.

October 4th, 2009

Homeschooling and Staying Connected with Your Child

In the middle of all the knowledge flying to and fro in our busy world, we sometimes forget to talk and relax with our children. A mom who doubles as a teacher needs to leave the teacher behind and simply become mom for a few hours everyday.

Listen to your child. Do not just hear the words, but notice the emotion too. Many children find it difficult to express exactly what they want. Talk to your child about general stuff and allow him to be ‘just a kid’. When you talk to your child, as for his opinions. Few things please him more. It also adds greatly to their self-confidence.

Most parents interrupt when their children talk. We, as adults,detest it when someone cuts across our lines. Kids keep mum because they are forced to be silent when we shut them up. But this is unhealthy and unfair. Allow your child to finish and then express your views in a rational manner. The child should have the confidence to confide in you.

Gentle parenting is the key to successful homeschooling. Be a parent first, and then a teacher.


March 21st, 2009

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