How to help your children to read?

How to help your children to read?

Children from the age of 4-6 pick up the reading skills. The age bracket is typically kept wide to occupy children with different levels of exposure and ability. Parents usually get anxious about reading abilities in their children around this time. They start looking for courses, on how to teach their child to read at home.

Most of the people do not think about the process of learning, to read until they start to teach their child. Learning to read does not happen on its own, it is not a natural process. It requires proper teaching of various skills and strategies.

To teach your child, how to read and make it a positive experience try these time-tested and simple strategies.

Start with phonetics: children songs and nursery are not only a lot of fun, but this rhythm also helps the child to hear the sounds and syllables in words, which will help them in learning to read. A good way to build phonemic awareness is to clap rhythmically together and recite songs in unison. This playful activity is in a way helpful to your child to develop the literacy skills, that will set them up for reading successfully.

Word cards: Cut out simple cards and write a word containing three sounds on each one. Ask the child to pick one card, then read the word together and hold up three fingers. Ask them to tell the sound in all the three words one by one. This simple activity requires little preparation time and builds up essential phonics skills.

Make posters: Create an opportunity to build up your child’s reading skills by creating a print-rich environment at home itself. Looking at these printed words (on posters, charts, books, labels, etc) enables children to look and apply connections between sounds and letter symbols. Even when you are out, point out a letter, letters to billboards, posters, and signs. Focus on the first letters in all the words and then, ask your child, what sound does that letter make? etc.

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Play word games: Adding on to the previous step, introduce simple word games regularly. Focus on playing games that will help your child to listen, manipulate, and identify the sounds in words.

Understand the skills: It is very important to remember that learning to read involves various skills. These are the skills that all children need to learn or to read.

playing word games

Phonic awareness
Reading comprehension

Letter magnets: Vowel sounds are tricky for some children to understand, to make it easy, place letter magnets on the fridge or anywhere and place all the vowels together at one side. Ask your child to spell the words using those magnets.

Fit the power of technology to keep the child engaged: Learning to read should be an enjoyable process to keep the child motivated. Most of the children are excited and eager at the beginning to learn, but later they get overwhelmed and give up easily. As a parent, it may be frustrating for you’ll to know where to pick up to bring their excitement back.

ABC learning eggs uses self-passed lessons that match each child’s ability. In this children are regularly rewarded for completing their activities and reaching new levels, which will keep them motivated to keep them on track. There is an option for parents to view instant progress reports seeing, how their child’s skills are improving.

Read together regularly

Read together regularly: Many of them don’t realize how many skills improve in reading out loud to their child. You are not only showing them, how to the sounds of the words, but also you are building key comprehension skills, improving their vocabulary and letting them know what a fluent reader sounds like. Most of all, regularly reading to your child will help them develop a love for reading, which is one of the best ways to make them successful readers.

Make it fun: Every child learns at his pace, always remember the most important thing you do, is to make it enjoyable by reading regularly, let your child pick out their books occasionally, which will instill an early love for reading and gives them the best chance in becoming a successful readers

Start with phonetics

Word cards

Make posters

Phonic awareness



Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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