How Do I Teach My 5 Year Old to Read?
“7” Read to Succeed Strategies!
Children are learning from the moment they are born. They absorb whatever we teach them. Introducing “reading” to a young child can be done simply by reading to your child. Make it a daily routine. It could be after school, or it could be before bed. Whatever you choose will become an expected daily event. Read aloud to your child and follow each word with your finger. Reading aloud to children helps to broaden their vocabulary and develop their knowledge of different types of print. Eventually a child will learn that print is read from left to right, from the top of the page to the bottom. They will learn to correlate the spoken words with the printed words.
1. Read 15 to 20 minutes per day.
2. Keep a variety of books on hand.
3. Discuss the story as you read.
4. Read out loud using funny voices and act the story out. (This keeps a child’s attention.)
5. Point to the words as you read
6. Create flash cards that help identify letters. If you have mastered letter recognition then create flash cards that teach letter sounds. If that is mastered then start sounding out words.
(Helpful Hint: Learn 3 letters or letter sounds at a time, once that is mastered add two more, then when those 3 are mastered, add two more, until all 26 letters or letter sounds are mastered.)
7. Read everything! Street signs, Store Signs, Menu’s, Billboards, etc.
Please keep in mind the earlier in a child’s life you begin to read, the better your child will be. Make it fun, make it engaging, and ultimately make a solid foundation in your child’s education.
Beth Costanzo has been educating children for 20 years and is the former owner of Majestic Harbor School in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is currently the owner of The Adventures of Scuba Jack which helps both parents and teachers supplement children’s learning with skill building activities, projects, workbooks and DVD’s. www.adventuresofscubajack.com