How to Teach a Kid to Read
Teaching a kid to read can be tricky and can seem like an uphill battle. But there are things you can do to make the process less intimidating and help your child succeed.
The best way to teach a child to read is to talk about the language with them often, and in an interesting way that doesn’t feel like a chore. For example, read books with your child that are about subjects they love – animals, transportation, shapes and colours, etc. Encourage them to ask questions as you go through the storybook together, or discuss what the book was about at dinner time over food or while you are getting ready for bedtime rituals.
Another great way to teach a child to read is by providing them with lots of different reading materials, such as books, magazines and comics. Kids can use these materials to practice their reading skills and develop a strong interest in the subject matter, which will improve their comprehension and confidence as they progress through the learning process.
An easy method to teach your kids to read is to get them involved in games and activities that involve letter sounds, such as using flashcards or songs to learn words. This will not only help them to learn the words they are reading, but it will also reinforce the phonics they’ve been learning and give them a more enjoyable experience.
Children’s favourite games are a great place to start learning letters and their sound-based combinations, such as Jenga or a board game. Alternatively, fill a large pot with magnetic letters and let your child pull one out each day to identify the sound it makes, or grab a collection of letters that come together to form a word.
It is also important to make sure your child has access to books, whether that’s a traditional library or a digital library where you can download free ebooks and print them out. This will help them to build positive associations with the books and allow them to develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.
Once your child has a good grasp of basic letter-sound relationships, they should be introduced to sight words, which are words that contain more than one letter, and to words that are written in a particular way, such as phonemes, and can’t be sounded out, for example words with silent r or l. Sight words can be taught in a number of ways, but some of the most effective methods include using flashcards and song and rhyme.
If your child is struggling to develop their phonics skills or sight-reading ability, you can speak with your child’s teacher about the problem and ask for a referral to a reading specialist. It’s also a good idea to keep your child engaged in learning and make sure they have plenty of time to do it, as this will increase their chances of success.