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How to Teach Young Children to Read

The bottom line is you can teach your child a tremendous amount before Kindergarten, especially if you know where to start!

My methods are child-centered, child-directed, and based on my own experience. I am sharing them with you so that you can have a teacher-created road map of how to teach your son or daughter to read before Kindergarten.

All children are unique and learn at different rates. Please be patient with yourself and your children. These activities are meant to be practical and fun; not stressful. Not every child will developmentally be able to learn to read by five years old, but every child is capable of learning.

First give yourself and education. Find out about:

Then try out some age-based ideas that worked for me:

0-18 Months

  • Baby Signs
  • Lots of Reading with Mommy and Daddy!

18 Months on up (The Beginning)

To teach phonemic awareness and phonics, I suggest starting kids out on a really old-school video called “Rusty and Rosy ABC Sounds and Such”. Then move on to “Leap Frog”.

Yes, yes, I know TV can be evil! Please don’t blast me about the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that children under two shouldn’t watch television.

It’s not like I’m sitting my toddler in from of “Star Wars the Clone Wars” and then going off into the living room to drink a margarita. What I do, is I snuggle down with my daughter and watch as much of the video as she has the attention span at this point to get through. At first it is just two or three minutes, but I build her up to twenty. Each time a new letter or sound comes on, I make a big deal about. “Oh, that’s the letter S! Sssssssssss.”

More on the order of videos I suggest here.

24 Months on up (The Middle)

There is definitely a fuzzy gray area after a child has learned his letters and sounds, but before he is ready to actively start putting them together in CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. This stage might take a long time.

36 months on up (Sealing the Deal)

Special Note:

Of course, we do lots of other things too, like play outside, play dress up, engage in imaginative play, sing songs, attend a play group etc. But I do believe in actively teaching toddlers letters and sounds.

At 21 months my daughter  knew almost all of her upper case letters, close to half of her lower case letters, and could put sounds together with letters if you prompted her. At 3 years old my son was reading level 1 Bob Books.

Every child will learn at a different rate, so be patient.

You can do it Moms and Dads! You can teach your children to read.


1 Comment

  1. Lynda @ Rhody Reader says:

    Thanks for the doable ideas to help littles read! I especially like the homemade books–I’ve made quite a few books for my guy, but not necessarily for reading as much as preparing for events and remembering what we did. Before a big trip, I make a “what’s going to happen” book, and it’s kind of fun to watch as actual events unfold like in the book…he has a “Hey, I read about this! I know what’s going to happen now!” look. I’ve also made some Shutterfly books–both documenting events and an alphabet book that he loves to “read.”

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