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Children who can't read in school are often considered dumb, while children who can read are often considered the brightest in the class. You don't want to teach your children to read too early in life because if your child is still trying master speaking, he may not be as fast to catch on to the reading thing, and that might bother parents who want their children to be smart. But if you start teaching your children to read by the age of four, that is plenty early. You may want to read to your children before they reach that age, and point to the words as you say them in order for them to get started on the right track.

Reading to your children lays the foundation for them to learn to read. They see that reading is important to you, and that the stories they can find in books can be entertaining. They then associate reading with being a good idea and take an interest in the discipline. When you decide you want to start teaching your children how to read, start with simple books with simple meanings. The infamous "Dick and Jane" story is a good one to start with because you can first read the book, point to the words as you say them, then talk about the book with your child and encourage him to further use his imagination by asking, "Where are Dick and Jane running to?" They can continue the book long past the pages' end. This allows them to even have a greater appreciation for books.

After you read the first book a couple times, ask your child to read the book as you point to the words along the way. Encourage your children to sound words out and get better and better at reading. You want to reach a point at which your child can read "Dick and Jane" aloud without you pointing at the words.

When one book is accomplished, get more complex books with more complex words and more complex meanings. Repeat the methods you ‘ve previously used. Talk about the books afterward in order for your child to greater understand the meaning of what he read.

Rewarding your child for reading accomplishments is important. Have a set standard by which you give treats or rewards for reading. For instance, allow your child to have an extra hour of play time if he completes a certain number of books over a certain time frame.