Helpful Tips on How to Teach Your Child to Read
Teaching your child to read can be quite the daunting and overwhelming task. You may ask yourself, When do I start, or Where do I begin? These are questions that we often get at Little House. Some eager children are ready to begin learning their letter sounds as early as 2 or 3, others simply aren’t ready until 4 or even 5. Either way don’t panic! Your child will eventually sore and will be reading classics such as Harry Potter or Field of Dreams in no time. When you believe your child is ready to dive into the world of literature there are some key tips to stick to in order to make the process as pleasurable as possible for you and your child.
First, it’s important to introduce manageable stories for your child to read. Setting an impossible goal for your child will only make him or her frustrated and less inclined to want to read. By this I mean choose stories that are very phonetic and have few sight words. Sight words are words that are meant to be memorized because they cannot be sounded out. An example of such is was. If you were to sound out this sight word you would spell wuz. For someone beginning to read, too many of these words is frustrating. Second, only introduce stories that have sounds that your child has been taught. If your child only knows the letters sounds don’t suggest stories that have advanced sounds or rules such as Magic E or Vowel teams.
At Little House we almost always use the Primary Phonics series when beginning to read. This series starts out with only 3 letter short vowel words and slowly introduces higher level sounds. Explode the Code is another great series or workbook that helps students who are learning to read that also incorporate spelling and reading comprehension. Finally, choosing stories that are aimed towards your child’s interests will definitely help to get your child excited for reading which is the ultimate goal!
By: Jordan Richards