How Do I Teach My Child to Read?

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<ul><li><p> How Do I Teach My Child to Read? </p><p> Read to Succeed! </p><p>Early Reading skills are essential for developing good readers. Research shows that starting your child </p><p>reading at an early age gives a definite advantage in school. Children who start reading before the first </p><p>gade aitai thei lead i eadig ad opehesio. Eal eades ae also likelie to eel i other academic subjects. </p><p>I have been teaching Pre-School for the last 20 years. The question I often get asked by parents is, How do I teach my child to ead? The oept is siple: Cosiste, Repetitio ad Iitatio. It really doest atte WHAT ou ae teahig ou hildit could be telling time, it could be tying a shoe; it could be riding a bike. The most important thing to remember is that you must reinforce any concept </p><p>on a daily basis. </p><p>Each morning I sit my students down on a large area rug and we do a 10 minute circle time. My circle </p><p>time includes: The Alphabet Song, Counting to 20, Months of the Year, Days of the Week, Colors and </p><p>Shapes. I also tho i, What ea is it? ad stat ith To thousad ad .. A child always yells out 14! M et uestio is What oth is it? I start sounding out the name of the month which is displayed brightly on our calendar. It is currently September so I would begin by sounding out the word. </p><p>By doing this daily my students can recite this to me and they can recite this to their parents and to </p><p>anyone else who is willing to listen! </p><p> What does all this mean? </p><p>Consistent- </p><p>To be consistent means that you must practice a concept each day. </p><p>Repetition- </p><p>Repetition means that if you want to learn the Alphabet song, then you should sing the Alphabet song </p><p>over and over each day. </p><p>Imitation- </p><p>Parents should model good reading habits even if it is just by reading a newspaper or even a magazine </p><p>daily. If you read daily, your child will want to read daily. </p></li><li><p> 7 Read to Succeed Strategies! Children are learning from the moment they are born and absorb whatever we teach them. Introducing </p><p>eadig to a oug hild a e doe simply by reading each day. 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 </p><p>aloud to your child and follow each word with your finger. Reading aloud to children helps to broaden </p><p>their vocabulary and develop their knowledge of different types of print. Eventually a child will learn </p><p>that print is read from left to right and from the top of the page to the bottom. They will learn to </p><p>correlate the spoken words with the printed words. </p><p>1. Read 15 to 20 minutes per day. </p><p>2. Keep a variety of books on hand. </p><p>3. Discuss the story as you read. </p><p>4. Read out loud usig fu oies ad at the sto out. This keeps a hilds attetio. 5. Point to the words as you read </p><p>6. Create flash cards that help identify letters. If you have mastered letter recognition then create </p><p>flash cards that teach letter sounds. If that is mastered then start sounding out or decoding </p><p>words. </p><p>(Helpful Hint: Learn 3 letters or letter sounds at a time, once that is mastered add two more, </p><p>then when those 3 are mastered, add two more, until all 26 letters or letter sounds are </p><p>completed or known) </p><p>7. Read eethig! teet sigs, toe igs, Meus, Billoads, et. </p><p> Please keep i id the ealie i a hilds life ou egi to ead, the ette ou hild ill e. Make it fun, make it engaging, and ultimately make a solid foundation that begins your hilds educational journey. </p><p>Beth Costanzo has been educating children for 20 years and is the former owner of Majestic Harbor </p><p>School in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is currently the owner of The Adventures of Scuba Jack </p><p>hih helps oth paets ad teahes suppleet hildes leaing with skill building activities, pojets, okooks ad DVDs. </p><p> </p></li></ul>