Teaching your child to read is exciting and rewarding, but a daunting task for most parents. Many parents wonder if they started teaching their children to read at home. Most don’t even attempt the challenge and leave this all-important task to the kindergarten teachers.
As history has taught us, a child’s first and most influential teacher is her father. So instead of leaving this most significant moment in your child’s life in the hands of the classroom teacher, why not pick up a book from the Early Reader series and begin this exciting journey of teaching your child to read? As a parent, I can testify that one of the most glorious moments in your life will be the day your child holds up the book you taught him to read and reads it to himself.
A key factor in successfully teaching a child to read is having a supportive learning environment. The room should be quiet, well lit, and free from distractions. Turn off the television or any other sounds that can easily distract your child. Provide a very comfortable sitting for the child. I’d rather have my daughter on my lap or snuggle in bed with her while I read.
Give lots of compliments how to teach phonics at home. This helps to maintain a child’s enthusiasm when she learns to read, so I cannot overemphasize this point. When they first recognize a letter or word, make it important. One thing I found very useful is giving them star stickers. At the end of each lesson, stick one of the stars on your forehead or clothing to acknowledge your efforts. The pride and huge smile on their little faces when they receive these stars is priceless.
Young children have a very short attention span. Keep the lessons short. Several small sessions during the day is better than one long session. Also choose a time when you are most energetic.
The first task in teaching children to read is learning the alphabet. Point to each letter as you say it out loud. One of the easiest ways for children to memorize the alphabet is by singing, but the best way to recognize letters is to have them practice their writing.
Move on to phonetics after your child can make out the alphabet. You can teach a child phonics by covering one or two letters a week. The key to memorizing letter sounds is repetition. Incorporate the repetition of the letters learned into your child’s daily activities. Even while eating, take a piece of fruit and ask them to distinguish the different sounds that make up the name of the fruit.