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How to teach a child to read

by | Published: | Updated: 08/01/2020


How to teach a child to read - 

Teaching a child to read is a fulfilling and educational process, both for the parent and child. Whether you home school your kids or just want to give your child a head-start, you can begin teaching your child to read at home. With the right tools and tactics, your child will be reading in no time.

Helping your child become a reader

Reading and writing skills are important factors for your child’s success in school and work. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them. 


How do reading and language skills develop?

Research has identified five essential early reading skills:

  • Phonemic awareness — the ability to hear, identify and play with individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words
  • Phonics — the ability to connect the letters of written language with the sounds of spoken language
  • Vocabulary — words kids need to know to communicate effectively
  • Reading comprehension — the ability to understand and get meaning from what has been read
  • Fluency (oral reading) — ability to read text accurately and quickly

How can I make reading part of my family’s lifestyle?

Parents play a critical role in helping their children develop not only the ability to read but also an enjoyment of reading.

Turn off the screens- Start by limiting your family’s screen viewing time. 

Teach by example- If you have books, newspapers and magazines around your house, and your child sees you reading, then your child will learn that you value reading.  You can’t over-estimate the value of modelling. 

Read together-Reading with your child is a great activity. It is a wonderful way to foster a language-rich environment in your family. Reading not only teaches your child that reading is important to you, but it also offers a chance to talk about the book and its themes.  Books can really open the lines of communication between parent and child. 

Hit the library-Try finding library books about current issues or interests in your family’s or child’s life, and then reading them together.  For example, read a book about going to the dentist prior to your child’s next dental exam, or get some books about seashore life after a trip to the coast. For eg. If your child is obsessed with dragons, ask your librarian to recommend a good dragon novel for your child.

How do you encourage your kids to read more, send  your thoughts/suggestion to mail@yayskool.com. 

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