How to Teach Your Child to Read in 3 Simple Steps

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It is critical for a child’s growth to begin learning to read at an early age. It allows kids to understand their environment better, acquire information from written materials, and offer them a great source of fun when they read stories and rhymes.

Children develop at different rates, and some will gain reading abilities faster than others. What matters is that you, as a parent, be aware of your child’s maturity and reading level so that you can give them suitable books and activities to help them progress.

You, as a parent, are your children’s most essential teacher. You’ll start your youngster reading and introducing books to them. Some suggestions for teaching your child to read may be found below.

Tip #1 for Teaching Your Child to Read

At the same time, teach your youngster the letters of the alphabet as well as their sounds. According to research, children learn best when letter names and letter sounds are taught at the same time. In one study, 58 preschool children were randomly randomized to hear letter names and sounds, letter sound simply, or numerical instructions (control group).

According to the findings of this study, children who received letter names and sound training were more likely to acquire the sounds of letters whose names provided signals to their sounds, which are consistent with previous studies.

Slowly trace the letter while uttering the letter’s sound. If you were teaching your youngster the letter “A,” you may say something like this:

“The /A/ (ah) sound is produced by the letter A.”

Then, while drawing the letter with their index finger, have the youngster pronounce the /A/ sound.

Tip #2 on How to Teach a Child to Read

Always highlight to your child that reading should be done from left to right and top to bottom while training them to read. Adults may believe that this is a simple concept that everyone should be aware of it.

On the other hand, our children are not born knowing that written text should be read from left to right and top to bottom, which is why you’ll occasionally find youngsters reading from right to left instead, as they were never explicitly trained to do so. Always stress this idea with your child when teaching them to read.

Tip #3 on How to Teach Your Child to Read

Final consonant blends should be taught last. Teaching your youngster words like “at” and “and” might lead to learning words that rhyme. For the term “at,” for example, you may use:

Lat

Pat

Mat

Cat

Sat

Bat

Spat

Chat

These rhyming words can be used for “and”:

Sand

Band

Land

Hand

Stand

Bland

Brand

Grand

etc., etc.

You may begin teaching blends once your youngster has mastered several consonants and short vowel sounds. Before teaching blends, you don’t have to wait until your kid has got all of the letter sounds.

It takes a long time to learn to read, but it doesn’t have to be tough. A youngster as young as two years old may learn to read if the process is broken down into intuitive and logical steps, and older children can go even farther.

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Danish Sayanee

Danish Sayanee

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