Here’s an easy tip teachers know, that is easy to do during read aloud time. Track the words with your finger! It’s really simple, but sometimes hard to remember. Tracking words with your finger is so important becauseit shows children that words on the page correspond to words that you read aloud. It is critical towards teaching children to read.
When you hear (very real) stories about children teaching themselves to read without any parent input at extremely young ages like two or three, this is might be one of the explanations for why that happens. Some parents just naturally track with their finger while they read, and some don’t. I don’t track every single book I read to Jenna, because my hand would cramp up, but I do make sure to track at least a few books a day with her.