Last night, I published 22 lessons for homeschooling parents to use to teach their children to read English. I will continue to publish more as I see parents using the lessons that are available.
These lessons allow parents to teach children to read and mark the sounds of English letters and syllables using the Gospel of St. John as the text for their reading. What’s most important about this course is that the symbols can be written over the letters in real reading texts, so artificial readers with special print are not needed. Once learned, this method can be applied to any text for children to read–and we’ll continue to add to the lessons over time to help with this.
Parents have to understand that modern phonics programs are designed to serve large numbers of children in schools and they are not optimal (or even recommended) for students who enjoy the privilege of individual instruction at home. When simple lessons are broken down too much and over-simplified, they produce confusion. The minds of children are amazing and we must teach them in a way that allows their minds to help them learn. This method of teaching reading is very simple and works very effectively. My wife has worked in elementary education and has used these lessons to teach our own children and others to read quickly and accurately.
Note: I’m making these lessons available freely, but I would appreciate if you would enroll in the course and support the Academy.
How to Use the Lessons
- Before using this program, children should have the English alphabet memorized, being able to name and identify all of the English letters in their uppercase and lowercase forms.
- Vist the English Reading course page: Curriculum > Trivium > TRV-001 English Reading.
- Print the lesson for reference.
- Print the flashcards associated with the lesson and cut them out for use with the child.
- Show the child the marked letter on the front of the flashcard. Tell the child that when we see this symbol, we read it with the sound indicated on the back of the card. Don’t make things any more complicated than that.
- Quiz the child with each flash card until they are memorized.
- Show the child the marked reading passage. Identify the sound represented by each marked letter or syllable.
- Show the child how the sounds are read one by one and joined to form syllables.
- Show the child how to read one syllable at a time.
- Study the marked text until the child is able to read all of the syllables correctly using the marks to help.
- If the child struggles with specific symbols, drill them using the flashcards.
- Show the child the unmarked text and have the child read the unmarked text, remembering the sounds of the syllables from the study of the marked text.
- Continue studying the lesson until the unmarked text can be read correctly.
- After the child has learned to read the lesson correctly, ask the child to make the marks on the letters of the unmarked text, based on the sounds the letters make.
- Repeat this orthography exercise until it can be completed comfortably.
- While the child works on the orthography exercise (which may take time), the child can continue on to the next reading lesson.
If you need help at any time, please contact me.
God bless your studies,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy