Do you want to help your child learn to read? If you notice that your child shows interest and is old enough, if you see him prepared, you can help him. Do you know how?
Pay attention to these 10 essential steps to teach a child to read, some tips that will be very useful in this exciting adventure of reading. You should also check the reading head start program because it’s a scientifically-verified and simple to follow the reading program.
10 Tips to Teach a Child to Read
Learning to read will be a huge step for your child in his learning. Above all, it is not a good idea to put pressure on a child or try to force him to read early. You must wait for him to be prepared, to show interest, and look forward to learning. This is the ideal time to help you.
- Read a lot to your son: Nothing like reading to a child to encourage reading and interest in learning to read. If you read to your child and get him passionate about what you are reading, he will immediately awaken in him the curiosity to learn to read more and more stories for himself. And reading a lot means reading every day since your child is a baby. Of course, in the beginning, you should use stories with many and colorful illustrations.
- Constantly ask him about what you are reading to him: Even if he is a baby, and you think he won’t understand, of course, he does! Help him improve his reading comprehension by constantly asking about what you are reading. In this way, he will reflect on history and find it much more attractive. You will discover for example that in all stories there is a beginning, an intermediate argument (knot), and an end (outcome). This will later help you structure what you read more easily.
- You read a lot: The example is basic to encourage children to read. If your child sees that you get excited about a book, that you enjoy reading, he will be curious to find out why it is so interesting. Read a lot and have your child see you read.
- Show him the letters beyond the books: You can learn to read not only through books. The best learning comes from the world around us. Take advantage when you go shopping at the supermarket, or every time you see a store sign. Identify the letters and show her what she says. For example, if you are buying apples, show him the sign that says ‘apples.’ Start with the letters: ‘Look, the A for apple’. Look for something that also has that letter: ‘Look, the apple A is also here, in peach’.
- Teach him, word families: Children are very good at grouping. You can take advantage to teach words and all the words that are part of their word family. For example, if you teach him to read the word ‘Flower’, you can take the opportunity to teach him the words ‘Vase’, ‘Flowery’
- Use fun tools like poetry or songs. Children learn much better through play. They really like songs because it invites them to dance while they learn, or poetry with rhymes, which are usually short and fun. Nothing like a good song to teach them the letters of the alphabet or a fun poem to teach them to read the days of the week.
- Play games or hobbies: There are many types of games to teach children to read. Hobbies where they must match a letter to the rest of the word with the help of a drawing. You can create your own games for your child, cutting out food or object drawings from commercial catalogs, for example, and asking you to match each object with its name written.
- Don’t forget the phonemes: The graphic letter is one thing and the phoneme is another, how the letter sounds. Show them how to pronounce each letter of the alphabet. By joining this letter with the rest, your child will know that he should not pronounce.
- Teach them sounds by words together: Well, once your child knows how to recognize the letters of the alphabet and the phoneme of each one, it will be time to match them in the words. Practice and practice with all the words of the story you choose. Point your finger at each word and ask him to try to figure out what it would be like. You can help him, but let him try first.
- Let me memorize a few words: Memorizing some words will serve as a guide to match letters and sounds. If he memorizes his name, his father’s and mother’s names and some basic word like ‘hello’, ‘home’, ‘mom’, you are offering him a reference so that he can do his own equivalences and try to ‘decipher’ that ‘new’ word I’d never tried to read before.