So many parents are confused about their abilities of parenting that it is no wonder most parents don't even try to teach their child to read when their kids are 4, 5 and even 6 years old. I'm absolutely staggered by the research I conducted only to discover that so many parents simply see it as the teacher's job to teach their child to read.
My question is why? "I can't teach my child to read," is the profound answer. What?
Are you serious? You taught your child to crawl, walk, sit, eat, play, talk, look and listen. Now you're telling me that you can't do such a simple thing as teach your child to read? Come on!
Where is your enthusiasm and those big plans you had before your baby was born? Let's say it together!
Yes, you can..... if I can teach my child, so can you! Let's look at 10 easy steps to teach your child to read. Step 1: Read to your child. Pick up a nice kid's book and sit down with your child and read out loud.
Step 2: Reading to your child is not enough. You need to ask them questions. "Is this a big frog?" "No mummy, it's a big car." Presto.... your child has understood your question, is engaged listening to the story because the answer is correct. If wrong answer is given you know that your child is either not listening or is not comprehending what you are reading. So switch to an easier book or grab their attention by reading with more expression in your own voice. Don't sound boring.
Yep... after step 2 comes step 3. Now it's time for you to be seen reading. What? Yes, you need to read. Books, magazines, newspapers.... your child needs to see you read in order for him to comprehend that hey, mum and dad read why can't I.
Step 4 is the easy part and really fun. Point out letters (and numbers of course) anywhere and everywhere. Billboards, road signs, book labels, rego plates, advertising, posters.... no matter where you are, stop to point out letters and words. Hang the alphabet chart in your child's bedroom. Go through the letters every night before sleep time. Easy stuff, you don't need to be a wizard or have a PhD in education. Step 5: Write the letters in the sand, cut out numbers, glue words on a poster.... engage your child with hands-on activities that involve letters, numbers and words.
As for step 6 what can I say! Stop being boring by reading the same story book for the twentieth time in a row. Read books that are fiction, non-fiction, nursery rhymes, songs, and quirky alphabet riddles. Always ask questions to make sure your child comprehends what is being read. No use if they just sit there, listen, be mute and then nod off to sleep dreaming about some pink elephant. Keep their brains active, stimulated by the excitement of your voice. A story can be as boring as all get out but it's your attitude, expression and overall approach to this which will make your child come up to you for more and more and more. An insatiable desire to want to hear and learn how to read all by themselves one day. Remember? I can teach my child.... keep saying it! Be confident!
Okay so for step 7 it really is an extension to step 6. Rhyme is the best way to teach your child word families or if you want to use a fancy word; phonemic awareness. It simply means that you are teaching your child a pattern in reading. If your child can read cat, he should also be able to read hat, sat, mat, fat, rat.... are you getting the picture? Only one letter is changing here. Once your child is a little older you can do the same with four letter words. Let's say we change the word cat into chat, that, slat, flat, brat.
To continue, let's quickly look at phonemic awareness and phonics. Everyone who reads uses phonemes which are the sounds we make when we speak the English language. It is made up of all the consonants and vowels. If you want your child to speak clearly then you must do the same. Your child will copy the sounds you make. The phonics method is probably the best known and widely used method to teach reading and writing in the English language. It relies on children being taught the alphabet first. They learn the names of the letters and the sounds they make. Once they have learnt the letter sounds they will begin to blend two letters together to make simple words then three letters, then four and so forth. Voila! You've just accomplished step 8 and 9.
Last but not least; step 10.
Start today and don't delay. If I can teach my child to read so can you. No better time to start than right now. Why delay the process of something that must be accomplished. Why not provide the platform for your child to succeed in their life? Only you have the power to get the ball rolling. Your child's teacher can only do so much. You can do more and help your child succeed. Step 10: enroll now in this eCourse and Teach Your Child to Read and Write. See you there!