What Can You Use To Teach Reading?

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What Can You Use to Teach Reading in Home School?

Are you a parent? Home school parent?

You want to teach your child how to read, however, you have no idea where to start.

I was there to. No shame. My children needed help learning how to read.

I was like you. Spending hours on the computer or phone researching the best ways to teach my children how to read. I was on Facebook mom groups asking everyone and anyone where to begin.

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Well, here is a way to start that I found really helped my children learn to read.

Hooked on Phonics Workbooks

The first one I want to introduce you to is Hooked on Phonics. My children are doing so well learning with the workbooks from Hooked on Phonics. There are different ways Hooked on Phonics can help you. Below is a list of items that they must help your child read.

  • Sight Word Workbooks
  • Flashcards
  • Learning Apps
  • DVD’s
  • Videos
  • Reading Books

These are some of the items that you can use from Hooked on Phonics.

My children use the workbooks and they have been phenomenal. They are learning by site and phonetically. Which has really helped my children learn to read and fast. Both of my children have either high functioning autism or ADHD. They love these workbooks because they are simple and to the point.

Check this link out below of the Hooked-on Phonics Workbooks that my children have been using.


We love Hooked on Phonics; however, we also use another reading program. We use this program because it has short stories that my children can quickly read all in one book. I have a small home; therefore, I do not have room to hold tons of books. That is why this is perfect. Many short stories in this book that are easy to read and comprehend.

Easy Peasy Learn to Read

This reading program is, Learn To Read with Easy Peasy.

Now, if you do not know what Easy Peasy is then I will tell you. Easy Peasy All in One Home School is an online curriculum website made by a home school mom. This website has been up for years. The person who made it started out posting her children’s homeschooling lessons. People started using them, and then bang. The website grew.

On the website now are lessons for preschool to high-school children.

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The reading program we are doing comes from this website or this creator. This person believes that learning to read should start with sight words. Therefore, the Learn to Read Book starts your child off by reading by site. Then later in the book your child starts phonics.

After your child completes all of the lesson in the book, she says that your child should be reading at a third-grade reading level.

My son is banging out these stories and doing so amazing with it. I have not started my daughter on this yet, because I want her to master the Hooked-on Phonics Workbook first.

The story lessons do not take long to complete at all. You can do one lesson a day or how many you want to do. You the parent knows what is best for your child.

Below is the Easy Peasy Learn to Read book if you would like to look at this.


If you start any reading program and your child is struggling with it then take a break. Some children are not ready to start learning to read until they are eight years old. Sometimes not even then and that is okay.

Start with the basics. Making sure your child has the letters recognized and phonic sounds down is the best way to get started.

I can help you with that. Below is the link to my preschool learn to read lessons. These are YouTube videos with free worksheets that teach the alphabet and their sounds.


Look at these reading programs (Hooked on Phonics and Learn to Read with Easy Peasy) that I have listed. If they are not for your child, it is okay. There are many different options out there to help your child learn to read. This is just what worked for my children. Maybe, they can be helpful for your child or children to.

Do not be so hard on yourself. Reading is not an easy thing to teach or to learn. Have fun learning together.


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Do Home School Kids Get Diplomas?

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Let me tell you if you are not homeschooling because you think your child will not receive their diplomas them, I am here to say they will.

Do Home School Students receive diplomas?

Now, I can only tell you about information in the United States of America. If you are reading this from another country, then I am sorry I have no knowledge on this topic for you.

Diploma and Homeschooling

Homeschooling is legal in all fifty states in the United States. With that, your child completes their 12th grade year they can certainly receive a diploma.

With one exception.

You, the parent, will be the one issuing the diploma to your child. Yes, you heard what I said. The parent of the child is the one to issue the diploma.

After your child has completed the required schoolwork for the state that you live in you can issue that diploma.

No, this diploma is not considered a GED. This is classified as a regular high-school diploma. GED are diplomas as well, however, colleges like regular diplomas where they can see a student’s transcript.

Home School Diploma

Transcripts are also created by the student. That is why it is a good idea to keep records in your home school. This way you have a record of all work completed, classes, and credits for your child or children.

Every college in the United States accept home school diplomas because homeschooling is legal in all fifty states.

Therefore, the answer to your question is yes. “Will my child receive a diploma when homeschooling?” Yes, they will.

Below is a class schedule for your home school student. Free download.

Below is a link to two wonderful books for you to home school your high-school student or students. One for your home school high-school fears. The other to home-school high-school with college in mind.



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25 Ways Preschool or Kindergarten Students Learn to Write and Read

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25 Ways Preschool or Kindergarten Students Learn to Write and Read

Starting in preschool your child is learning how to trace and write their letters, numbers, and shapes.

Can be fun or it can be a daunting task. However, it does not have to be.

Here are some activities below that will help your child learn to trace and write the fun way.

  • Use sand. There are plenty of kids that love to play in sand. Get some dirt or sand from outside of your home and put it in something like a cardboard or a plate that is not valuable. Your child will have loads of fun dipping their hands in the sand and playing it. However, you can use this by teaching your child to write numbers and letter with the sand.
  • Use shaving cream. This can be used in the same way that you would use the sand or dirt above.
  • Magnet letters. Stick these letters on your refrigerator, bathtub, or anywhere that they would stick. Your child would have loads of fun playing with the letters and guessing them.
  • You write grocery lists when going to the store right? Well, I do. I need to keep a list to save money. Now, the way you can make this educational is having your child help your make the list.
  • Have your child write letters to family and friends.
  • Build strength in your child hands by having them learn or do some fine motor activities. Activities such as: thread beads into a pip cleaner, pick up any objects with tongs, learn to scribble, coloring, cutting, putting Lego’s or puzzles together, and tying shoe laces.
Fine Motor Skill Block Building
  • Chalk board writing.
  • Have your child copy over your handwriting.
  • Play reading games. For example, vocabulary bingo, cards, write letters on small paper cups and have child put them together, write words on paper eggs and have your child hunt and read them, or you can use index cards by writing letters on each card and having them spell a word out.
  • Read fun books to your child.
  • Use chalk and write on the sidewalk.
  • If you live where there is snow, then have your child write letters in the snow.
  • Playing letter games on the phone or tablet.
  • Use salt. Have your child trace their letters and numbers in salt.
  • Buy and alphabet puzzle and have your child put it together.
  • Print out big letter worksheets and have your child color or cut them out.
  • Write letters on paper plates and have your child guess or put them together to make a word.
  • Use animal crackers, cookies, or cheerios to have your child count numbers. Put the number on a paper and have them match it with the food of choice.
  • Print out letter worksheets and use blocks to put to make the letters.
  • Print out letter or number worksheets, laminate them, and have your child trace them.
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  • Print or buy number or letter puzzle worksheets and have your child try and find them.
  • Make letter cards and have your child say them daily.
  • Get an ABC chart and have your child put magnet letter to match them.
  • Use pictures of alphabet letters to have your child guess the letter.
  • Use letter beads. Put them on a string to make a word.

These are 25 ways for your child to learn to recognize and write their letters and numbers.

Child learning to Write

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Tips for Homeschooling Kindergarten

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Homeschooling is not easy and not for the faint at heart. However, I believe you can do it if you value yourself and your child. Children need good education and the fact is public schools are failing most children. Also, with the current events going on in the world. Many parents are turning to home school. Here I give you five tips that I learned homeschooling my kindergartner.

I have two children homeschooling in the 2020-2021 school year. There grades are 2nd and 1st grade. However, last year homeschooling I had a kindergartner and a 1st grader.

  1. Play. Let your child express themselves through their imagination. That is done by letting your child play constantly. This gives your child the opportunity to learn about the world. Children can also learn what they like to do by using their imagination.
Child learning through play.
  • Reading. Children in the lower grades need a fundamentals of reading values. In Kindergarten your child should be learning phonic sounds, how to say three- and four-letter words, recognize and say each letter of the alphabet. Below is a product that I use to help my children learn to read. It is aimed at teaching children to learn to read by site and then phonics. My children are doing so well with this. Hopefully, this can help your child learn to read.


Kids learn to read.
  • Math. It is important in kindergarten that children have a good foundation in math. Learning numbers 1-100. Recognizes numbers 1-50. Learning to write numbers 1-50. It is also a good idea to begin teaching small addition and subtraction with numbers 1-10. Being able to do basic math like shapes and colors. You should also teach your child half time and hour time.
Child learning to do math.
  • Writing. Having a good foundation in writing builds on the other school subjects your child is going to need for the next grades to come. Learning to write numbers 1-20 and writing the alphabet. Once your child knows those it is good to start spelling where they are spelling three- and four-letter words. Below is a handwriting book that my children enjoyed. Hopefully, can help your child as well.


Child learning to write.
  • Learning Life Skills. Some skills include learning how to hold a pencil and write correctly. Not slouching while sitting in a chair. Learning how to follow directions carefully. Those are all things for school. However, in your home school it is also important to teach things like: doing laundry, making breakfast or lunch, cleaning own room, cleaning bathrooms, vacuum floor, or simple learning how to pick up after themselves are life skills not learned in school. These are things that children need to start learning from a young age.
Kid learning life skills.

So, you want to home school your first grader. Try doing these five things to help you succeed in your school. Also, remember, you the parent, do not stress. Your child learns everything they need when they are ready to learn it. Have fun and learn with your child.

Check out this YouTube Video on Homeschooling Kindergarten below.

Tips for Homeschooling Kindergarten

Free eBook to help your child learn how to cut or use scissor. 99 pages link below.

Challenges Home School Parents Face

Right of the bat I am going to inform you that homeschooling is not for the faint at heart. Homeschooling is like a full-time job; however, it does come with many rewards.

Below are some of the challenges that homeschooling parents face.

First, thinking that you are not good enough to teach your children. Many parents do not want to home school, because they have this thought. They think that they will fail their children. They believe that their children will not be learning everything that they are supposed to be learning in school or in life for that matter. That is simply not the case.

Once your child or children reached your arms after they are born you are teaching them. You have been teaching them before you even realized that you were. You taught your child or children to eat from a bottle, spoon, or fork. You taught your child to walk, talk, run, ride a bike, and so many other things. Therefore, you are the best teacher that they have.

When I began homeschooling, I did so much researching and racking my brain. However, when I begin those lessons, I realized that it just came to me. For some, this is not the case, and it is okay. You will not get something new right away. Just like your child or children are learning. You are also learning. I know that I have been learning a long with my children.

Next, there are so many different curriculum choices out there that you are feeling overwhelmed by the different ones that you want to choose or feel like you must choose. There is curriculum that costs thousands of dollars and there are curriculum’s that are free. Whichever one that is your choice depends on what works best and right for your family. No one else can know what is best for your family, but you. Many people like to give advice. It is good to take advice, however, learning your family’s needs is the best way to make the right choice.

Next, in the beginning and sometimes continuing your children will fight you tooth and nail to not do school. If your child or children are like mine. Then that would be the case. I have been homeschooling since November 2017, and every day we do us home school we go through this. My son will scream and shout for about twenty-minutes when it is time to start school, however, after that he is okay. He likes to get his schoolwork done quickly, so that he has the rest of the day to do what he wants. His sister, however, is a different story. She likes to test my patience the entire school day. Some children are this way. They completely hate anything that has to do with the mention of school. Does not matter what kind of school day are we having. Fun schooling, book work schooling, video schooling, game schooling. She just hates school.

Next, you will get people that tell you that you should not be homeschooling your own child or children. Yes, there are people like this everywhere and anywhere. Where they think they know what is best for you and your family. People will even stoop so low as to call cps on you for homeschooling your child or children. If you do not know who those people are, they are the Children Protective Staff or Security. In every state or different countries are these people. They will try and assume or accuse you of neglecting your children. Yes, they try and take your children away from you as well. However, for me I document everything because if I must deal with these people, I have my proof of no bad intentions going on. For me that was making videos and detail lists of everything that we eat and do. We have been bothered by them a few times, and each time I had my videos and detailed reports ready to go. Good idea to keep those kinds of records.

The next thing is should you have a schedule or not. I tried keeping a calendar of things that I needed to do daily. However, I quickly found that schedules just were not for me. However, for some they work well. I am an organized person; however, I could not get into using or making a schedule. That is okay if you are not a schedule or calendar kind of person. You must find how you do things best. Again, you are learning aside your children.

These are different complications and challenges that home school parents face and ways to overcome them.

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Check out this video below of me teaching my daughter how to cook. Life skills are very important to teach children. This can also be considered home school credit.

Want to know how to home school your first grader take a look at this.


Want a free download? A 99 page workbook helping your child learn how to cut. Download it below. Lots of fun lines and images to cut out.

Tips to Home School First Grade

5 Tips to Homeschooling Your First Grade

Homeschooling is hard and not for the faint at heart. However, if you value your child and their education you will give it a try. Public schools are failing children daily. Also, you might want to think about homeschooling with the current state of the United States right now.

I home school two children ages 6 and 7. Last school year, 2019-2020, my children were in grades Kindergarten and First. This school year, 2020-2021, my children will be in grades 1st and 2nd.  I have been homeschooling two of my three children since November 2017. These five tips I hope will be beneficial to you home school as they were beneficial to me.

How to home school your first grader.

Play. Children in Pre-K to Second grade need to play as much as possible. If you did not know your children learns through playing. They learn what they like to do, and they can do it when they want to do it. Children get a more lease on life by exploring things they like to do rather being told what to do. It is our jobs as parents to nurture those talents that they express through using their imagination.  

Play in home school.

Math. Children in first grade should be able to count 1-120. They should be learning to write numbers 1-100. First graders should be learning to add and subtract greater numbers pass 10. They should already know greater than and less than. They should be learning to identify advance time. They should be learning to compare bigger numbers past 10. (greater than and less than) Should be learning to skip count by 2’s, 5’, and 10’s. Learning about tens and ones. Learn money. (how much to pay for items) Learning to draw 3D shapes and figures. Measurements should also be learned in first grade.

learning math.

Reading. Reading is fundamental in kindergarten and first grade. In these grades’ kids learn phonic sounds. They also learn to put two and three letter words together. However, by the middle of first grade children should be able to retell a story told to them. Children should be able to read a story and answer questions from that story. Children should also learn the meaning of words from the story read to them. Children should also be going more in debt in spelling to learn to put letters together. Children should also be learning to fill in the spelling word into a sentence given. Children should also learn to put words in alphabetical order. By the end of first grade children should be able to write and dictate their own sentence of a topic given to them. They should also be able to look through paragraphs and find misspelled words and write them correctly. In language arts children in first grade will be learning about capitalization of words in sentences. They should be learning about nouns and naming words for those nouns. Contractions are also learned in first grade. They should also start using words to describe, like adverbs, verbs, and adjectives. Children should also be learning to identify the ending of a sentence. (which punctuation to put at the end of a sentence) By the end of first grade children should be learning to make a paragraph, how to write a letter, and starting a book report.

learn to read.

Writing. Children at the beginning of first grade need to be focusing on writing letters and sentences better in lines. Writing is a big foundation on learning to do the other school subjects needed. Children should also be learning about grammar and sentence structure.

Kids learning writing.

Life Skills. Children in public schools are not taught some of these, but if you are homeschooling these can be a part of your school day. Teach your child cooking or baking skills, how to do their laundry, how to clean their room, how to vacuum, how to clean the bathroom, how to sweep the floor, or how to follow directions.

Kids learning life skills.

So, You Want to Home school First Grade Try These Tips

Home-school is not for people that will not take their children’s education seriously. Homeschooling for me is a full-time job. Every day I am working on what my children need to learn for the next day. You are your child’s guide, and this should be taking seriously. You want to make sure your child is learning everything that they need to know for each grade. I recommend getting the book, “What Your First Grader Needs to Know.” This book goes in depth on what your child needs to learn in first grade.

However, I am not going to say this lightly. Do not stress if your child is just not getting it. Children get things in their own time. If they are struggling that means this is not the right time for them to learn this. For example, reading. Many parents worry because their child between the ages of 6-8 years old is not reading yet. That is okay if they are not reading yet. Every child learns at their own time and that is okay. You as the parent just needs to constantly read to them, so that they develop a love for reading.

One more thing, your first grader does not need six hours to do schoolwork. My first grader was doing half-hour to an hour daily. That is okay. You are not a public-school teacher who has twenty-five children to teach. So, do not question yourself if your child takes thirty minutes to get school done. Again, all children learn at their own point and time. Find the way your child learns and go with their flow. Do not pile too much activities on your child or children at once. You and your child will get burned out and want to quit. I used to do this, however, now I just got with my children’s ques and what they like to do.

Big Tip

This is the biggest tip that I can give you. Have fun and learn with your children. I have found teaching my children I have forgotten most of the things that I have learned in school, so now I am learning right along with my little ones. Just have fun. Having a terrible day where your child is screaming and crying it is okay to take that day off and return to the tasks tomorrow. Remember to have fun.

Have fun with your kiddos.

5 Tips to Homeschooling Your First Grader

Check out this video below for tips on homeschooling your First or Kindergarten students.

Help your child learn to cut by downloading this free eBook. 99 pages of fun lines and images for your child to learn to cut on the lines or just using scissors. Link below.

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