Episode 3: Non-Readers and Non-Writers: What to Do?

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Discover fresh ideas for supporting your non-readers and non-writers. Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse hosts today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show and shares fun ideas for getting your child interested in reading and writing in “Non-Readers and Non-Writers: What to Do?” 

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Connect with God’s Word

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” (Colossians 3:23)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

For more on encouraging non-readers and non-writers, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

  • Do you have a struggling or reluctant reader? Here’s an article for you called “Homeschooling Reluctant Readers.” All the hard work (mixed with a lot of love, patience, and perseverance) is worth it. 
  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful to connect with a reading specialist for solutions for struggling  readers? Dianne Craft shares her expertise in “Reluctant Readers: Six Steps for Remediation.” 
  • Do not give up on your child if he or she still doesn’t enjoy reading at age ten. It is okay if we all have varied interest levels in all areas of life (reading included). Jenny Underwood shares more in “Encouraging a Reluctant Reader” from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • They know what they want to say, but cannot think and write simultaneously. Dianne Craft shares even more expertise in “When My Child Just Won’t Write.”
  • What you are seeing is a child who has an insatiable desire to learn and reads well, but whose output is minimal despite all the good incentives you provide. Read “Understanding Twice-Exceptional Kids” by Dianne Craft.

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For even more articles on non-readers and non-writers (or articles on any homeschool topic), grab the new and enhanced TOS App. It’s the hub for homeschooling. Access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. You’ll find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. Search for homeschooling topics important to you. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it’s FREE. Get it on Google Play or download on the App Store today! 

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Whether children are just beginning to read or writing full-length novels, language arts courses provide an unparalleled learning experience. Hands-on activities for preschool and elementary students make learning fun, while middle and high school students discover ways to share their creativity. Along the way, grammar and spelling courses polish their writing skills, and poetry and literature classes help them explore meaning and delve deeper into various themes.

Does your child struggle with reading? Do you need to find extra practice in a particular subject? members can access The Reading Center. It provides easy access to many of the reading resources available on  

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse 

You have the power to greatly influence your children’s attitude toward reading. Here is an interview with Kristin Stewart of The Canadian Schoolhouse on developing a culture of reading in your home. Kristin also wrote an article called Create a Culture of Reading found on The Canadian Schoolhouse website.

You can join us for TCS Live every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET or watch the replays on the Homeschooling Across Canada Facebook page or on The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine YouTube channel.

Today’s host, Christine Weller, mentioned opportunities for writers (including teens!) at The Canadian Schoolhouse. Here is the link to Join our contributors’ team.

“We want to protect the creativity that God has blessed us with. We want to focus on nurturing imagination, and we can do that through reading and writing. So, Mama, don’t be discouraged on the journey you are on—whether you are just getting started or you’ve been at this for a while.” Christine Weller

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

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The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It’s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter. In this week’s issue, you’ll be strengthened for working with non-readers and non-writers even more.

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Homeschool Store 

Did you know The Old Schoolhouse® has an online store? Find language arts posters, eBooks, bundles, and more. 

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show will be released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next: 

  • 2/20/23: Episode 4—“Surviving Winter Depression” presented by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • 2/27/23: Episode 5—“STEM and Science Fairs” hosted by Heather Vogler and Sheila Charvolotti of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 3/6/23: Episode 6—“Teen Rebels and Prodigals” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Recent Show Notes

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Episode 76: Preparing in High School for College or Career
Does your child have plans for life after high school? College or career? As homeschoolers, Stephanie Morrison shares in Episode 76 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, our children have the ability to linger in the field that interests them. There are many unique pathways to education. Find the show notes for “Preparing in High
Episode 75: Let’s Never Forget our Country’s History
At some point in at least the past sixty years the neglecting of our country’s history began. Join Deborah Wuehler as she shares memories from her own childhood and ideas on how we can keep the history of the United States alive in our homeschools.
Episode 74: FREEDOM! It’s Why We Homeschool!
What are the freedoms that homeschooling affords you? The blessing of homeschooling is discussed by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® and Amy Roberts of Raising Arrows in the latest episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Be inspired when you listen to episode 74. Find the show notes for “FREEDOM! It’s Why We Homeschool!” on

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