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Home-schoolers enjoy reading the most

Posted: October 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Home-schooler Jadon Sand, 9, enjoys reading books.  Home-schooler Jadon Sand, 9, enjoys reading books. 
Home-schooler Jadon Sand, 9, enjoys reading books. 

Reading is a journey that every child takes. It may take them to magical lands or even modern-day New York. It seems to me that there is one group of kids who enjoy that journey more than any other — home-schoolers.

There are three main reasons why I believe home-schooling helps children enjoy reading more.

Home-schooling allows me to pick my own reading material. It is always thrilling to wander through an oversized bookstore and know that I can pick anything I want to read at “school.” The process of choosing my books really helps me enjoy reading more.

Next, because I am home-schooled, my mom can choose reading-based activities and curriculum. One curriculum called Moving Beyond the Page combines science, literature and history.

For example, I read this book called “Tornado” and did these great worksheets and experiments on tornados.

You can also go to book clubs. My brother attends a great one. One time, they were reading a book about the Amazon rainforest and an expert on Amazon reptiles brought Amazon reptiles to show them.

Another fun activity is lap booking. Lap books look like mini-science experiment displays and come in many topics. These activities help us appreciate the books we read more.

Finally, there are awesome reading websites that we use. One website is called Book Adventure. You can take quizzes on books you’ve read to earn prizes like chocolate or tattoos.

There is also a great website for early readers called Story Cove where you watch a short video that tells a story. You can also find websites for your favorite book series. They have them for pretty much every popular children’s book. They are all great sites that you probably wouldn’t have time to use if you had homework every night.

Home-schooling gives me the time to do lap books, visit reading websites, and attend book clubs.

It allows me to freely pick my own reading material and gives me the freedom to choose my own literature-based curriculum. That is why I think home-schoolers enjoy reading more than any other group of children.

Jadon Sand, age 9, participates in Homeschooling Explorers of Santa Clarita.



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