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Teach Your Child To Read This Summer
June 28, 2012

Teach Your Child to Read Before The End of Summer

Do you know how important it is to teach your child to read? If children learn to read by decoding word sounds as they go, (rather than memorizing words or word shapes) they can read anything. This is because we are all born with the ability to make all the sounds in the human language. This means that even children under 3 can learn to read. And of course, understanding how this works is a real blessing for parents with older kids who are still struggling to learn to read.

In addition to allowing your child to take in more information about the world, reading:

Stimulates intellectual development Heightens curiosity Creates the lifelong ability to self-educate Ensures academic success

In a job market that is getting more and more competitive, we need to teach our children to read fluently in order to ensure their future.

As such, here are 3 tips for teaching your child to read:

Teach Your Child How to Read Tip #1

Teach your child alphabet letters and sounds at the same time. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are taught the letter names and letter sounds at the same time. In one study, 58 preschool children were randomly assigned to receive instructions in letter names and sounds, letter sound only, or numbers (control group). The results of this study are consistent with past research results in that it found children receiving letter name and sound instruction were most likely to learn the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds. [1]

When teaching your child the letter sounds, have them slowly trace the letter, while saying the sound of the letter at the same time. For example, if you were teaching your child the letter "A", you would say:

"The letter A makes the /A/ (ah) sound." Then have your child say the /A/ sound while tracing the letter with his or her index finger.

Teaching a Child How to Read Tip #2

When teaching your child to read, always emphasize with them that the proper reading order should be from left to right, and top to bottom. To adults, this may seem so basic that anyone should know it. However, our children are not born with the knowledge that printed text should be read from left to right and top to bottom, and this is why you'll sometimes see children reading from right to left instead - because they were never explicitly taught to read from left to right. When teaching your child how to read, always emphasize this point with them. Teach Your Child How to Read

Tip #3

Teach final consonant blends first. Teaching words such "at" and "and" can lead your child directly to learning words that rhyme with these. For example, for "at", you can have:


For "and", you can have these rhyming words:


and so on...

You can start teaching blends once your child has learned the sounds of some consonants and short vowel sounds. You don't need to wait until your child has mastered the sounds of all the letters before teaching blends. Learning to read is a process, but it doesn't have to be a difficult process. Broken down into intuitive and logical steps, a child as young as two years old can learn to read, and older children can accomplish even more.

Click here for a simple step-by-step program that will help your child to learn to read even if he or she is younger than 3 years old or has been struggling for years in school. (You can do this in just 15 short minutes per day ... all materials are provided) Click the link above to watch a video of a 2-year old reading by decoding the words as she goes. You'll be amazed at her success and sense of self-mastery. As parents who love our children and want the best for them, it's a thrilling thing to watch.

If you know a parent whose child is struggling to learn to read, please forward them this email in it's entirety.

All My Best To You and Your Family,

Laura Ramirez

Family Matters Parenting Magazine

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