If you have young children you want to give them the most opportunities in life. One of the biggest gifts you can give them is the ability to read. Research has shown that the earlier your child reads the better their future academic performance will be. This creates a positive cycle that pushes their intellectual growth ahead of the curve and can open many opportunities for them.
I have added a module about how to teach your child to read. I found that people can find the task of teaching their child to read to be overwhelming. I put together this guide so that parents and educators can have a resource that provides information on what is involved, how to get started, and what kind of progress to expect.
This module contains information on:
- When do kids start reading? — providing insight into when it is a good time to start teaching your child to read
- What is phonics — provides information on why I recommend the phonics approach and what is involved in using it
- Reading with phonics for children — this page gives an overview of how to present the phonics system to your child and what to expect
- What is phonemic awareness — phonemic awareness is a necessary skill when learning to read
- Phonemic awareness activities — there are many activities and games that increase phonemic awareness that you can do with your child individually or in a group setting
- Reading comprehension skills — once your child develops word recognition abilities the focus will shift to reading comprehension
While this information should give you a good idea of the benefits of teaching your child to read as well as what is involved, I recommend you find a complete system to help you present the necessary information to your child in a systematic and structured way. I personally have found the Children Learning Reading system to work well for me. I have used it with great success with my own daughter.
I hope you find this information useful and good luck getting started!