5 Things you can do to help your Child learn to Read
5 Things you can do to help your child learn to read: By Lauren Hunt at Teacher Types
Learning to read can come naturally to some children, whereas others find it more difficult. Every child is different. But there are things that you can do at home to help them. Your child’s teacher will no doubt be doing their very best at school, however educating young children is a partnership between school and home. Here are five things parents can do to help their child learn to read:
1. READ TO THEM!
It may sound obvious, but this is where it all begins. Read the same books over and over, read books about topics your child is interested in, give new books for birthdays and Christmases… Make it part of your routine, not just at bedtime but anytime of day!
2. There are 3 key puzzle pieces to a child learning to read.
- Alphabet knowledge. It is vital that children know the letters of the alphabet, in particular the sounds that they make, rather than the names of the letters. This will make it easier for them when they attempt to sound out a word (e.g. c – a – t rather than C – A – T)
- Sight word knowledge. The English language is a tricky one for little people. Words like ‘was’, ‘they’ and ‘said’ are difficult to read simply by sounding them out, so it’s helpful for children to memorise them by sight.
- Understanding of print. Learning to read involves knowing that print moves from left to right, words make up sentences, pictures help to predict the text etc… Encourage your child to point to each word (or you can point for them), talk about what you are reading, discuss the pictures and model these early reading habits when you read aloud to your child.
3. Look for words, letters and print in your environment.
Help your child realise the purpose of reading in every day life. Read the shopping list, labels on products at the shop, road signs, magazines etc… You’ll be amazed at what they can learn and it helps them understand their world.
4. Visit the local library – OFTEN!
Libraries are a valuable resource for families. Not only can you borrow a number of books as often as you like, but libraries usually offer early reading programmes for young children. Encourage your child to borrow books about topics they are interested in to give them ownership of their reading. Look for early readers with simple words and short sentences to help them get started.
5. Reading should be a JOY…
…instead of a chore. If your child is bringing a reader home from school every night and hearing them read feels like you are pulling teeth, then stop and reevaluate the situation. Talk to your child’s teacher for some strategies to make this time more enjoyable for you both. Half the battle of learning to read is that the child should WANT to read. Better yet, instil a love of reading in your child before they start school and it’ll set them up for later years.
Five Books Great for Early Readers
- Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Spot Books By Eric Hill
- Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr
- “That’s Not My…” Series of books.
Thank you so much to Lauren for submitting this informative post to #MyFiveThings! Lauren is a Mummy and Teacher from Adelaide SA. She blogs over at www.teachertypes.com where parents and teachers of young children can be inspired by parenting stories and early learning activities.