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3 Tips to Teach Your
Child How to Read

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Learning to read at a young age is important for the development of your child. It helps him develop a better understanding of his surroundings, allows him to gather information from printed materials, and provides him with a wonderful source of entertainment when he read stories and rhymes.

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Children develop at different rates, and some children will develop reading skills quicker than other children; however, what's important is that as a parent, you are keenly aware of your child's maturity and reading level to provide him with appropriate books and activities to help him improve.

As parent, you are the most important teacher for your child. You will introduce your child to books and reading. Below we have some tips to help you teach your child to read.

Tips to Teach Your Child How to Read #1

Teach your child alphabet letters and sounds at the same time. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are taught the letter names and letter sounds at the same time.

In one study, 58 preschool children were randomly assigned to receive instructions in letter names and sounds, letter sound only, or numbers (control group).

The results of this study are consistent with past research results in that it found children receiving letter name and sound instruction were most likely to learn the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds.

When teaching your child the letter sounds, have them slowly trace the letter, while saying the sound of the letter at the same time. For example, if you were teaching your child the letter "A", you would say:

"The letter A makes the /A/ (ah) sound."

Then have your child say the /A/ sound while tracing the letter with his index finger.

Tips to Teach Your Child How to Read #2

When teaching your child to read, always emphasize with him that the proper reading order should be from left to right, and top to bottom.

To adults, this may seem so basic that anyone should know it.

However, your child is not born with the knowledge that printed text should be read from left to right and top to bottom, and this is why you'll sometimes see your child reading from right to left instead - because he was never explicitly taught to read from left to right.

When teaching your child how to read, always emphasize this point with him.

Tips to Teach Your Child How to Read #3

Teach final consonant blends first. Teaching words such "at" and "and" can lead your child directly to learning words that rhyme with these. For example, for "at", you can have:


For "and", you can have these rhyming words:

and so on...

You can start teaching blends once your child has learned the sounds of some consonants and short vowel sounds. You don't need to wait until your child has mastered the sounds of all the letters before teaching blends.

Learning to read is a long process, but it doesn't have to be a difficult process. Broken down into intuitive and logical steps, a child as young as two years old can learn to read, and older children can accomplish even more.

>>Click here for a simple, step-by-step program that can help your child learn to read, and watch a video of a 2 year old child reading

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