Free Teaching Reading Resources

How to Teach Your Child to Read

I created these resources to help any parent (or teacher) teach their child/children to read in a fun and back to basics kind of way. If you follow these steps, your child will learn how to read easily and naturally just like my own five children did.

  1. Language Rich Environment: Talk to children about what they are doing and what you are doing using words they can understand. Teach new vocabulary words regularly to help them interact with their environment.
  2. Phonemic Awareness: Teach letter names and one sound for each letter including short vowels only. Teach this really really really well.
  3. Phonics: Tap out sounds in three letter words and blend them together to make words. Using magnets and upside down muffin tins is a great strategy for this.
  4. More Complex Phonemic Awareness: Introduce the remaining phonemes of our English language (44 in all) which are long vowels, digraphs, and other vowel sounds (long and short oo, dipthongs, and r controlled vowels).
  5. Reading Strategies: Create a love of reading with quality literature, interact with books, and ask questions before, during, and after reading.

Start young! It’s better to do a little bit over a long period of time rather than try to cram it all in the month before preschool or kindergarten starts. Read more about how to teach your child in my blog: Teach Your Child to Read in 5 Simple Steps.

ABC Resources

Use these ABC Flashcards, Posters, and Video to help your child learn letter names, letter sounds, and a word for each letter. Learning the ABCs lays the foundation for learning how to read. Children who know their letter names and sounds will learn to read easily, and for those who don’t reading will be a struggle.

Vocabulary Resources

Children learn about the world around themselves best in language rich environments with lots of opportunities for oral language development. Using these flashcards and videos are great ways to engage your child with beginning vocabulary which will build their background knowledge and help to make them better readers.

Word Families Resources

After children have completely mastered letter names and sounds (stick to short vowels and one sound for each letter to start with), they can start tapping out sounds to make words. Look at the word cat and say “c-a-t” as you point to each letter then swoop underneath the whole word and say cat.

More Complex Sounds

After children learn the first 26 sounds for the letters of the alphabet, it’s time to introduce the remaining 18 sounds that make up the 44 sounds (or phonemes) in the English language. Knowing these sounds is called phonemic awareness. Children do not need to master these sounds, but rather be introduced to them and have them pointed out during reading. This knowledge will really help with spelling later on.