Reading seems central to homeschooling. We read to our kids before and after they learn how to read, and expect them to do their own daily reading – both as part of their lessons but also for pleasure. But what if you have a child who doesn’t like to read?
How do you homeschool when your child doesn’t like to read?
A reader had this question so I am publishing it here to get the wisdom and advice of other homeschooling moms:
“Hi. My son 8 year old son is recently homeschooled – he’s currently finishing up the 2nd grade. He was a good student in public school and his teachers loved him. We have an “eclectic” and relaxed homeschool style so I am no hardnose, but even still I have trouble getting him to do any schoolwork. He says he doesn’t like to read.
Math is “sort of” ok with him, and he likes to do hands on things like take apart gadgets, draw diagrams, work with electronics, color, draw and write stories. He is very intelligent but not especially gifted verbally. He seems to have a real knack for building and fixing things (working with wood, playing Lego). He also loves computers.
I realize that he may never be a big reader and don’t want to push him, but some reading is of course necessary. I need some suggestions on how to engage him in a way that works with his learning style. (By the way I am divorced so I can’t fully embrace unschooling, his father is critical of that and I have to be accountable to him as part of our parenting plan.)
Would you publish this on your blog so I can see how other homeschoolers have handled this?
Do you have any advice for this mom? I’m curious if there is a homeschool curriculum available that caters to kids like this…?
Please leave them in the comments.
Read my thoughts on a homeschooling child who doesn’t like to read here.