Teaching your child to read is a very important skill that they need to know as it will help them go through life easier as
the learn to communicate better, most parents today worry about how they should teach their kids which is a good thing
because its a positive sign that they are more active in trying to safe guard the future of their children. It is important for
parents to also minimize the amount of mistakes as this will reduce the possibility of your child being negatively affected
which can cause them to become illiterate,but don’t worry here are some tips that can help you as start your journey
and remember making mistakes is human so don’t be too much of a perfectionist just stay calm and relax.
Below are some steps that you need to keep in mind as they can help you teach your child to read, it is also important
to use the right reading and teaching material to get you in a better position to get more consistent results.
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As a parent it is very important to acknowledge that you are your childs first teacher, therefore you are charged with the
responsibility of teaching your children how to read as well as how to write.Other family members including the childs
siblings and close relatives like Grandparents are also take up important roles in this case because a child learns to how
to interpret words, they must first learn how to speak which is usually done through the things they hear during daily
interactions and activities like for instance through stories, sounds they hear on television and the voices they hear as
people talk to mention but a few.
It is therefore imperative to make sure you use these methods to your advantage by making sure they hear the
appropriate kind of things.
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As a parent/Guardian it is extremely important that the learning process is enjoyable, it is also important to have
patience as well because you’ll need it more often as this is a long process.So try to be creative and come up with some
cool , fun, interactive games and activities that will not only help your child stay engaged mentally and physically, but will
also help them to remember whats happening helping them to learn even more.Another thing that is important to note
is that parents must try by all means not to force or put pressure on their kids when teaching them reading, as this can
cause a very negative memory in their life which can affect them for years making it something we want to prevent. A
good way to prevent this is to try and find out what your childrens preferences/interests are and try to create content
that appeals to their interests.Also play along in there fantasies and try to be active in grabbing there attention
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Most parents feel like making their child go through the process of teaching at a very young age is over doing it, when in
actual sense most parents under estimate the abilities and capabilities of young children when it comes to this
subject.There are several benefits when teaching these skills at an early stage such as a significant increased ability in
both comprehension and reading.So as a parent its not pushing to hard when your simply trying to enhance skills that
they will benefit from in the long run,so it is very important to provide an environment that will be conducive enough
that will help in the development of language and literacy.
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Teaching your child sounds as well as alphabetic letters at the same time is very important when it comes to learning,as
numerous studies have shown that this is one of the best methods that helps young ones learn better.Like for instance
in one study a randomly picked set of preschool goers were given sets of instructions to follow some in a combination of
letters and sounds,letter sounds only or numbers, the results of this particular study were consistent with results taken
from previous research.The study concluded that those that received the combination of letters and sounds were more
likely to learn the sounds of the letters whose names included cues to their sounds.
So it is a good practice to have your child slowly trace over the letter as they are saying the sound it makes, for instance
if you’re teaching them the letter “A” then you’d say something that goes like this; “This is the letter A,A makes the/A/(ah)
Whilst having them trace over the letter as they repeat it.
Helping them learn by using words such as “at” and “and” can help direct your child to easily know words that sound
similar ( also know as rhyming words ) with these words, for instance some words that rhyme with “at” are included in
the list below.
Here is a list of words that rhyme with “and”
And they’re many more other words too …
So from the above list we can see how teaching them how to blend short consonants can lead to them learning a variety
of words, the good thing is that you don’t need to wait for them to master each and every sound of a specific letter in
order to start adding in other consonants and short vowels.
Heres a nice and short video from Homeschool pop , that may help young ones understand rhyming
Helping young ones develop phonemic awareness is a very important aspect when it comes to helping the in mastering
particular words, as this is one of the building blocks in achieving more success when it comes to reading.One of the
essential parts of them becoming consistent with reading is helping them develop the skill of connecting the sounds
each letter represents and combining these sounds to then form a word, this not only helps children to become more
independent as they continue reading but also gives them the ability to develop self confidence.
As mentioned earlier blending various letter sounds is a very effective way in teaching phonics and phonemic
awareness which can be done as you read them stories and sing nursery rhymes to mention but a few, which can all be
done in a short space of time too.
A simple example of blending can be trying to say the word “Run”, you can simply breakdown the word and make the
sounds more dominate as you pronounce them so in this case it would be “R-un”
To most of us adults this might seem like something basic, but emphasizing them to read in the correct reading order at
a young age is very important as this will help them remember that they should always start from either the left and go
right and whether they should start from the top and not the bottom.This is a very important point because children are
not born without having any knowledge about how the can interpret words in the correct manner, most of the time this
is why you see some children read from the wrong side as this point was not emphasized at an earlier stage in time as
they were learning.
So it is very important for us to make sure that this point is highly but across when they just start this process of learning
how to read and write.
In conclusion it is a very important subject that each and every parent should really look into as they try to enhance
their childrens skills when it comes to learning how to read and write as this skill helps to secure a more stable future in
the long run, this journey will take time therefore a lot of patience is required.This should be taken as a fun bonding
activity meaning you don’t need to be too serious about it, lightening up will make your young one enjoy your presence
making them stay more attracted,active and excited about learning each day. As you continue to progress you will see
that there are somethings that you’ll notice that will make this process become easier, making sure younger siblings and
close family is very important cause the can also help you split the load giving you time to take a breather.
Remember short, fun and exciting don’t worry about perfection mistakes happen its part of parenting so don’t be to
hard on you and your child.
Hope this helps you in your journey Godspeed.
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