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Many parents struggle with how to teach their child to read. What parents don’t realize is that they started teaching their child to read when they were looking those baby board books with their 9 month old child. When we teach children to connect meaning to what they see in the book, this is where reading actually begins.
Reading is not all about phonics. In fact, phonics fails us the majority of the time because there are so many exceptions to phonics rules. So, instead of worrying about a phonics curriculum, consider HOW you teach your child to read.
The key to your child learning to read is for the parents to read to their child often (as in daily). When you read to your child, try these 5 Terrific Tips to optimize how you teach your child to read. Shhhhh….they may not even know you are teaching them, either. 🙂
1) How you read aloud to your child can makes all the difference. Bedtime stories are for cuddles and enjoyment, not getting your child all excited for a story. For another time to read to your child with excitement, use voices, or pause at exciting parts of the story. They might bed you to read to them even more!
2 ) Share your thoughts about the story. Pause and say, “Wow, I am surprised that happened,” or “I would have done the same thing!
What would you have done?”
3 ) Pause while reading to ask your child what he or she thinks about the story, the characters, how they solve the problem, how they are alike or different from a character, etc.
4 ) Reread the story to look for clues about what is going to happen (teach them the word “foreshadowing” to impress those people who like to quiz your child). 😉
5 ) Get your child to draw or create a map about the story. You could make a beginning, middle, end story map, write a letter to the author or character, use a Venn Diagram to think about how the stories are alike.
Until next time,