Teaching your child to read is perhaps the most difficult and most important job you will ever have as a homeschooling parent. Reading is a complex, multi-part task that requires seven strands of education for children to become fluent readers. Addressing each strand is necessary, but insufficient on its own. Classical education addresses all of them, often with specific curricula.
- phonological awareness
- sight recognition
- background knowledge
- “field trips to museums, art galleries, and the like, as well as … travel and exchange programs”
- talking with your child
- picture study
- “an ongoing atmosphere of exploration, experimentation, and happy chaos” — Susan Wise Bauer
- “a systematic curriculum that presents new words in familiar contexts, thereby enabling the student to make correct meaning-guesses unconsciously” — E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
- “In the content areas (history, science, literature, art, music), classical learning provides a [systematic] framework” — Susan Wise Bauer
- language structures
- verbal reasoning
- literacy knowledge
- Writing With Ease (curricula that includes print concepts, genre)
- “The student who is working on ancient history will read Greek and Roman mythology, the tales of the Iliad and Odyssey, early medieval writings, Chinese and Japanese fairy tales, and (for the older student) the classical texts of Plato, Herodutus, Virgil, Aristotle.” — Susan Wise Bauer