“Teach Your Kid To Read”
Are you thinking of teaching your little one to read? Do you want them to enjoy reading? How would you feel when they are reading to you?
Teaching your kids to read before they get to school can literally change their lives. Being ahead will automatically make them the ‘smart kid’ in the teacher’s eyes and they will get extra encouragement and attention.
Failing them will set them back the first day because you know that other parents ARE teaching their kids.
They could be labeled ‘slow’ and this could haunt them throughout their school life.
It could lead to hating to read, hating to learn and ultimately hating school.
Your kid needs to be nurtured like a flower needs to be watered.
You can start here…
Five Top Tips for Teaching Your Kid to Read
Read to them
Yes, starting with an obvious one but you would be surprised at how many things come up during the day.
How many times have you said one of these?
“I’ll do it after…”
“Not now – I’m busy”
“Can’t you see I’m doing something!”
I get it.
But try to set aside time even if it is just the bedtime story.
Read to them every day. Read anything, just spend quality time reading to them.
I’ve found that this time together will help strengthen the bond between you.
And as they grow – books will already be part of their life.
They will have learned to love listening to stories and this will make learning to read for themselves a natural next step.
Engage with the stories
When you’ve finished a book, talk about the stories you read together.
Begin by asking simple questions about what you read and, as they start to read for themselves, ask more detailed questions to see what they think about the stories.
Learning to read is not just about translating letters on the page into sounds, it’s a lot more.
Asking questions will make sure they are engaging with the text and not just reproducing the correct noises.
Use natural opportunities to practice
As they begin to learn to read, make use of any natural opportunities in daily life to reinforce the learning.
For example, if you are in a supermarket, you can ask about some words or letters you might see on food packaging or advertisements.
We are constantly surrounded by writing and there are so many chances for you to let young kids show what they can do.
Don’t force it
Yes, it’s very important for a child to learn to read, of course it is. But reading should be a pleasure, not a chore, and you should do everything to help your child learn to love reading.
If you make it as fun and interesting as possible with engaging books and exciting stories, your child will naturally want to learn as quickly as possible.
On the other hand, if you force your child to read when they don’t want to, they will associate reading with negative feelings and it will become much harder for you to get them to learn.
Continue to supervise and provide a role model
Even when they have mastered reading – keep reading together.
Sometimes it can be personal, silent reading; other times, you can have your child read out loud to you and discuss the story after.
Make reading a part of both of your lives and help to build a reading habit.
It is one of the best habits we can develop, and it will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
Agreed – teaching your little one to read is hard.
There is no shame in looking for help and really it makes you a better parent for trying every course and book you can.
Beware though, there are a lot of cheap reading products on the market, but very few premium reading systems.
Many online lessons nickel and dime you. They keep selling different versions of the same low-grade product.
English teacher, Sarah Shepard over at www.readingheadstart.com is different.
Her reading system is called Reading Head Start, and it is nothing like the infomercials you see on TV, showing babies appearing to read, but who have only learned to memorize a few word shapes.
This is a program that will teach your child to effectively decode and read phonetically. It will give your child a big head start, and allow you to teach your child to read and help your child develop reading skills years ahead of similarly aged children.
This is not a quick fix solution where you put your child in front of the TV or computer for hours and hope that your child learns to “read”… somehow…
This is a reading program that requires you, the parent, to be involved. But the results are absolutely amazing.
If you want to teach your children to read then having this proven program is a must. Watch the video to find out for yourself.