3 Tips On How You Can Teach Your Child To Read
Originally By: ChildrenLearningReading.com
Learning to read as early as possible is important for the development of the child. It will help them to develop a better understanding of their surroundings, it allows them to gather information from printed materials, and it provides them with a wonderful source of entertainment because they can read stories and rhymes. Some children will develop reading skills quicker than other children because they develop at different rates; however, what’s important is that as a parent, you are in the best position to know your child’s maturity and reading level. As such, you will be able to provide them with appropriate books and activities to help them improve their reading skills.
As a parent, you are the most important teacher for your children. It is up to you to introduce your child to books and reading. The following are some tips that will you to teach your child to read.
Tip #1 To Teach Your Child How To Read
It is best to teach your child alphabet letters and sounds at the same time. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are taught both the letter names and letter sounds simultaneously. In one study, 58 preschool children were randomly assigned to receive instructions in letter names and sounds, letter sound only, or numbers (this was the control group). The results of this study were consistent with previous research results in that it found children that received letter name and sound instructions at the same time were most likely to learn the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds. 
When teaching your child the letter sounds, be sure to have have them slowly trace the letter while saying the sound of the letter at the same time. For example, if you are teaching your child the letter “A”, you would say:
“The letter A makes the /A/ (ah) sound.”
You would then have your child say the /A/ sound while tracing the letter with his or her index finger.
Tip #2 To Teach Your Child How To Read
Always emphasize to your child that the proper reading order should be from left to right, and top to bottom when teaching them to read. As an adult, this may seem so basic that anyone should know it. However, we have to remember that our children are not born with the knowledge that printed text should be read from left to right and top to bottom. This is why you’ll sometimes see children reading from right to left instead – because they were never explicitly taught to read from left to right. When teaching your child how to read, you should be sure to emphasize this point with them.
Teach Your Child How to Read Tip #3
Finally, 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 should start teaching blends once your child has learned the sounds of some consonants and short vowel sounds. Of course, you don’t need to wait until your child has mastered the sounds of all the letters before teaching blends.
Keep in mind that learning to read is a long process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Once its broken down into intuitive and logical steps, children as young as two years old can learn to read, and older children can accomplish even more.
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Learning letter names and sounds: effects of instruction, letter type, and phonological processing skill.
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Preschool Language and Literacy Lab, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.