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.
- 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.
- Phonemic Awareness: Teach letter names and one sound for each letter including short vowels only. Teach this really really really well.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.