28 Jun, 2021 11:51 AM

Are all homeschooled kids this way?

Their is a 15 year old girl I know, who is homeschooled and she can't prounounce the easiest of words when we read.. She is in my "Sunday School" classes. She claims to be on a Senoir reading level, I was just wandering if this is more common in homeschooled kids than I know of.

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28 Jun, 2021 11:51 AM

absolutely not. my friend is homeschooled and she is the smartest person i know. it also depends how you are homeschooled. some teachers are better than others.

28 Jun, 2021 11:51 AM

I know highschool grads who not only can't pronounce the words...they don't even know how to spell them or what they mean. It's no more common in homeschoolers than it is in public schoolers. If anything, it's most likely less common since statistics and studies show that a typical homeschooler scores up to two grade levels higher than public schoolers on standardized tests and the SAT/ACT tests. 

It's possible that this person just isn't a very good reader, no different than if she went to public school. It could be that she's nervous when reading out loud in front of people. That can make even the best readers slip up and probably feel really embarassed about it...thus causing more nervousness the next time. It's possible that she has some condition that affects speach or the ability to process what she reads and understands into spoken words. Such conditions do exist and aren't horribly uncommon. It's possible she may have a vision problem that affects her ability to read out loud. I am legally blind. When I read to myself or take tests, I read at a college level. I was reading at a senior level when I was in 4th grade, but because of my poor eyesight it was very difficult to read out loud. It would take me a long time to make sense of what I saw since it was usually very blurry and jumbled together, and sometimes I might see an A and think it was an O, or think an E was a B, or M was N, and so on. I would mispronounce words because of this, and people thought I just couldn't read (students. Teachers new better). This made me nervous and it only got worse until I started homeschooling and was able to read text in more accessible formats. It could be she has a stutter and this makes it seem like she doesn't pronounce words correctly... There are a lot of factors. But no, this isn't typical of homeschoolers any more than it is of public schoolers. You can't judge an entire group of people based on one person.

I hope this helps.

Source(s): I'm 17, homeschooled, and on my way to college!

28 Jun, 2021 11:52 AM

Figured I would give my point of view here as a home school mom who went to public school. First and last day: We have a picnic with the HEA there are over 200 families belonging to this group. "Graduating" to the next grade: Big deal! My kids couldn't care because they know next year the work will be harder Schedule: We live on one or nothing would ever get done. Lunch hour: aka popularity contest? My kids were required to sit and be silent. Wow so much fun there! Recess is a must to keep me sane. School holidays: How are they missing those? My kids take all the same breaks public school kids do plus any other day I chose to let them out First Crush and kiss: my kids are 9, 5 and 20 months those things will come in time. Home from school: and into 4 hours of home work Yeah something to look forward to Passing notes: what kid in CO-OP doesn't do that? Detention: Oh yeah I missed that one myself and did just fine Going to school with the same kids: until you move Learning more than a Church group/family/ HS group: those are better influences than the public schooled kids Struggling w/ long division: if they are struggling that means they don't get it and you may have to choose a curriculum that they can understand. Embarrassment: my daughter has no problem embarrassing herself And the holidays you mention they learn about those and even participate in the celebrations I don't think they are missing too much.

28 Jun, 2021 11:52 AM

I don't think it is common in homeschooled kids, however this girl very well may read at a Senior level.  If she works independently and reads a lot, her reading vocabulary probably out weighs her spoken vocabulary.   When you read a word silently in a book, and look it up silently in a dictionary, you miss hearing it pronounced, so unless you are really good at figuring out the diacritical marks in the dictionary, you might mispronounce words that you can read and tell the meaning of.

Perhaps you should suggest to her to start looking up her vocab. words on an on-line dictionary, most of them have audio so she can hear the pronunciation.

BTW, if she was reading something you wrote, maybe she had trouble pronouncing the words because so many of them were misspelled.

28 Jun, 2021 11:52 AM

I usually don't comment on someone's spelling and grammar here on YA... but in this case I will make an exception.

I assume that you are a public school student.  

You say and my corrections: "Their **THERE is a 15 year old girl I know, who is homeschooled and she can't prounounce ***PRONOUNCE the easiest of words when we read.. She is in my "Sunday School" classes. She claims to be on a Senoir ***SENIOR reading level, I was just wandering ***WONDERING (WANDERING means your are moving about aimlessly) if this is more common in homeschooled kids than I know of. ***DON"T end a sentence in a preposition"

Five spelling / grammar errors in a couple of sentences.  Now, would it be fair for me to ask if all public school students are this way?

28 Jun, 2021 11:53 AM

I read beyond a senior level, I should I'm 25. My spelling is bad, grammar unless I re-write things over and over again or pay close attention is really bad. I can trip over the simplest books in the world because my mind goes to fast for my speech or I get nervous and my eyes jump around the page. I also have concentration issues.That does not mean my reading level is off. It means when reading out loud I sound like I don't know what I'm saying because I have to read it so slow to compensate for the issues I have to deal with when reading out loud. My other option is practice before and memorize what I have to read. Guess what..... I went to public school!