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4 Easy Tips for Teaching Your Child How To Read

I'm currently entering a new stage of parenthood where I'm teaching my 4-year-old son how to read. He is just as excited as I am, though I know that may not last. Lol! I've been reading to him since birth and he enjoys hearing me narrate stories for him through expression and excitement. Over the years, I've collected an extensive book collection for him and his older sister and I long for the day that he reads one to me...

As I was creating a plan of action for us to begin our reading journey, I thought I'd share some of the tips and tricks I'm using to make this process smooth and fun for us both. I created 4 easy tips to aid you in teaching your little ones how to read. The best part about this is you don't have to wait until they're 3 or 4 or 5, you can start these tips as soon as they're able to speak!

4 Tips for Teaching Your Child How To Read:

  1. Start with teaching them the alphabet and phonics: You can begin this process by writing each letter of the alphabet on flashcards and going over them with your child daily. Once they know their letters by heart you can begin teaching them phonics by sounding out letters and short words they are familiar with and use daily like 'dog' or 'ball'. This will get them excited because these are words they already use and understand the meaning of. You can also use games, songs, and interactive activities that will make learning more enjoyable for them.

  2. Read aloud to them: This is why it's so important to read books to your children from birth. Books take their imaginations places that movies can't and allow them to create all kinds of exciting scenarios in their heads. Reading to your child often also helps them to see the importance of reading and navigating different genres they may enjoy. Pro Tip: This is also a great moment to use for some extra quality time with your little one.

  3. Encourage writing: You can start by allowing your child to practice writing their letters and frequently used words like their names. You can also write words that interest them and have them copy the new word that way they feel like, "Hey! I know a big word that Mommy knows!" This is the perfect time to pull out those jumbo line notebooks and number 2 pencils for precision.

  4. Create a reading schedule: Lastly, you want to create a reading schedule so your child knows when it's time to put the devices down and pick up the books! Creating a reading schedule will motivate both you and your child to continue to work on expanding their vocabulary and producing a confident reader.

Remember: Like anything else you want to be great at you have to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! It may not happen overnight but consistency with these 4 tips will create a strong reader in your little ones!


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