When you enroll your child to various forms of therapy online to ensure that they are ready for school, you should also start teaching them how to read. It’s not about their age, you see. Everything is about the developmental process of your son or daughter.
For instance, do they get enough physical activities every day? Can they sit still in a chair, hold a pencil without concentrated effort, or track the words on the board and copy them onto paper? Is your child able to communicate well?
Considering you are still unaware of it, you should know that learning how to read through the computer is entirely out of the question.
Importance Of Reading Books
You see, if you don’t get the reading thing right, and consequently raise a child who dislikes the activity, many doors will shut for him. As evidence shows, homeschooling is no guarantee you will get it right. I talk to homeschooling parents whose children don’t enjoying reading because of simple mistakes that, had they known otherwise, would have been easy to avoid. In simple words, that is a tragedy.
Assuming your child is developmentally ready, it’s time to train them with real books. Though you may find them adding to the clutter in your home at first, it is more prudent to spend money on quality hardback classic novels that your kids can take pride in owning than fancy phonics programs. The latter, you see, might be more confusing than useful.
Where To Start?
1. Lay Out The Basics
To begin, you must teach your child the alphabet and letter sounds.
“The approach that proved most effective was based on phonics-teaching children how to sound words out, letter by letter, rather than encouraging students to recognize words as single chunks,” wrote John McWhorter, PhD.
Use the alphabet song to memorize the alphabet, for instance. You may also get flashcards to help them learn the letters out of sequence afterward. Furthermore, it may pay off to stick alphabet magnets on the refrigerator so that the youngsters can get reminded of them often.
Now that they know what every letter is supposed to sound, you can separate the vowels and teach the short vowel sounds. The child should understand these well enough to immediately recognize the difference, for example, between a short “e” and a short “a.” Work with them until they do without overdoing it, to the point that the poor kid becomes frustrated. Consequently, you can allow them to practice as soon as they get the vowel sounds down.
2. Teach How To Put Letters Together
Once you sense that your kid is ready for more, you may teach them how to put consonant and vowel sounds together.
This step may test your patience greater than the first one because the task requests a lot of concentration. It is something that most young children do not have, considering they have a short attention span. If they are making mistakes with the vowels sounds, you can always go back and do a few practice drills instead of yelling and ruining the experience for them.
As a parent, it also matters to think that perhaps the slip-ups are not because of cognitive disabilities. In some cases, the problem may be exhaustion. That is especially true if they have been learning for more than a couple of hours. Hence, you ought to allow the child to go at their own pace.
According to Kathy Egawa, PhD, “expecting more from young children than is developmentally appropriate may just frustrate them, and turn them off to an interest in reading when it’s most important.”
Say, in the beginning, you may ask your kid to read two-letter syllables in half a page. After some time, they may be ready for two full pages. You will notice that the youngsters will ask you later if they can try more words, thus indicating that you hit another milestone.
“Listen to your child,” wrote Peter Gray, PhD. “Respond appropriately to your child’s questions, but don’t go overboard by telling your child more than he or she wants to know. If you do go overboard, your child will learn to stop asking you questions.”
3. Jump To Three-Letter Words
One of the most effective ways to teach a child how to read three-letter words is to encourage them to identify the initial letter first. For instance, in case the word is “bat,” the first consonant is B. When you include the second letter, which is the vowel A, they can produce the word “ba”. Pronouncing it and adding the letter T, in the end, will allow them to read their first word easily.
Learning longer words will then be not too challenging for the children since they already know how to put syllables together.
Teaching a kid how to read is not daunting, is it? You do not need to possess an Education degree to help your child start reading. You merely have to be a mother or a father who understands vowels and consonants quite well and wants their offspring to hold real books instead of gadgets.