The ability to read is central to your child’s education; it’s one of the first things they learn how to do when they start school and features in all of their subjects across the curriculum. As well as being an integral life skill, reading is also relaxing, educational and a form of entertainment; the benefits are endless.
It’s only when you come to teaching someone else how to read that you realise how complicated the process is – it’s not just a case of shoving a book in front of a child and hoping for the best. I have teamed up with a nursery in Hampshire to offer parents some tips to help them teach their child how to read.
Start by doing some research into things like phonics and phonemic awareness, so that you are in a better position to take on the role as a teacher. Singing nursery rhymes and other songs is a great way to help your child with their phonemic awareness by clapping along to the beat. It helps them develop an awareness of the sounds and syllables within a word, which will help them with their reading.
Create some word cards, starting with three letters (cat, bat, pig, top, sun) until they become more proficient. Encourage them to read the word, one letter at a time, focussing on the sound each letter makes. It might also help them to stick some posters up on the walls or letter magnets on the fridge, so that they are surrounded by words and letters every day. You should also make sure your child has access to lots of age-appropriate books that they can flick through during playtime.
Don’t overdo it with the reading lessons, as it might cause the both of you to become frustrated – especially if it’s not going to plan. Little and often is the best motto. Have a look on YouTube or other websites that might be helpful to mix up the learning process; using the same teaching methods over and over again will eventually become boring.