How To Teach Your Child To Read
The ability to read is one of the greatest gifts we can receive and will bring pleasure all our lives. The earlier a child is taught to read the easier the process. It provides quality time together and it's free.
What you'll need:
2 proofs of address
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Start reading to your child from the moment they can sit up.
To begin with choose a pile of picture books with nursery rhymes or strong rhyming text – We're Going On A Bear Hunt is a great place to start.
Find somewhere quiet with no distractions, turn off the television, sit your child on your lap and off you go. Be as animated as you like.
Very quickly children will have particular favourites. There is nothing wrong with reading the same story over and over again – even if you feel you might be going slightly mad.
Have at hand board books which a tiny child can thumb through on their own.
Make reading a regular part of every day – in bed first thing, mid morning, after lunch and bed time, reading is the perfect way to wind down.
When your child is about 2 and a half to three make up word cards with their name and simple words and the letters of the alphabet. Begin by sounding them out phonetically – and allow the child to repeat. Then go through the words one at a time together. As they become more proficient you can lay them out and ask them to pick up a particular word. Add words to the collection a few at a time. The Letterland scheme can be quite a handy addition but is not essential. As you read together run your finger under the words.
Always make sure your child has books by the side of the bed. Boys often prefer non fiction to fiction and tend to dip in and out. Have plenty of books by the loo. It may make for queues but helps the whole reading process.
Where possible continue to read to your child every night. As they become older you could try reading together. There is never a time to stop.
Have fun and make visiting the library a weekly treat