Teaching Your Child To Read
Teaching children to read in easy steps, from preschool age and up. Make reading a fun activity and open up your childs world.
Reading is a complex task that you can make easier for your child, resulting in reading sooner and better. If you can make reading easy for your child they will learn to love reading, and the whole world will open up to them.
Reading is recognizing word patterns. If you start teaching your child when they are young to recognize same and similar patterns, it will become easier to recognize word patterns. Make a game of what does this look like, show me another something just like this. When you are out shopping or running errands they will soon be calling out the names of familiar signs, and stores. Praise them for 'reading' the sign even though they don't know their letters yet.
Start teaching them their alphabet, make it a fun game, 'A' looks like a house with a pointy roof, 'S' looks like a snake sliding. Use descriptions to create pictures of the letters. Praise your child when they get a letter right, and don't worry if they miss the same letter later on in the day. Practice in a fun, non-threatening manner and they will soon learn all the letters.
Read to them. It doesn't matter what you read, the act of reading will encourage your child to read. Have them point out simple words like 'the, and, to, up, I '. When they can recognize the simple words have them read those words to you when you read one of their books to them.
When you are working with your child start stressing the sounds the different letters make (C like in cat, can you tell me another word that starts the same way?). Older children sometimes enjoy playing this game with younger children. Make a game out of it and your child will learn faster, and will come to associate learning with being fun.
After they have mastered most of the beginning sounds start having them learn to rhyme words. Make sure to stress the rhyming words when you are reading to them. See if they can guess what letters are at the end of words that rhyme. If they are right, tell them if they are not (which will happen frequently) correct them and move on.
Continue to have your child read words they recognize when you are reading to them. Help them to start sounding out words, reminding them what sounds certain letters make. As your child gets better at sounding out words, have them sound out more and more of the books you are reading to them. When they have finished reading a page in a book, go back and reread it to them, without them having to sound out any words. This will help reinforce any new words they are learning. You can even have them point to the words as you read to them.
Before long your child will be reading, and you can be proud of the time you took to help make this a reality. Don't worry if you are still reading to them even after they have learned to read. They are still learning and sometimes like to take a break. You might even start having them read you a 'bedtime' story.