We use tactile learning for letters in salt trays and we do the letter cut outs and song books etc… everything mentioned. Thank you very much! I am sharing this today. Should I just tell her the words so she can try and remember for next time, or should I wait until she gets it by herself? My little girls who is 5 can read quite a bit for her age I feel, if based on Biff and Kipper books then she is about a level 4 and heading to a level 5. This worries me greatlybecause as we all know if reading is not something you enjoy then life will be more difficult for her than if she enjoyed it.
Has anyone any more advice please…. Great advice! It is so important that children develop a love of reading, even more so then developing the actual skills! I love this!
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At last someone who really knows what they are talking about and can as well produce exellent content for us that read it. Definitely looking forward to your next post. Shes 12 yrs old. How can i improve her spellng abiity. Love this post. It is incredibly information and helpful. I was a little anxious that I was not doing enough for my 3 year old and 10 month old but seems I am.
Great article! It is SO important to keep our kids focused! I started this business 5 years ago and it has been so amazing impacting so many families. His confidence was the most amazing impact on his family. I gotta say, I love my job! I am a preschool teacher who has been stressing a little! I have come across so many teachers that are no longer worried about letting children learn through their interests and it has turned into a very formal rote learning which makes me cringe. So YAY!!! Thank you thank you thank you!
Tomorrow my son and I have a game planned where he is going to think of a word, which we will sound and and decide what letters are in it… and I will write out words that he will try and sound out to read! We are both very excited! I have done all the things in your list.
He loves me to read to him, and I do often up to an hour 1 day books of HIS choice. He seemed upset by the requirements. The teacher was willing to remove him from the reading groups which seemed to reduce his anxiety some. He knows none of them. From my vantage point, this seems to be difficult for him. Last week he said he was scared to go bc of this. For many months now, since October, I have been observing other schools classrooms, visiting them. Most expect these kids to read by spring. And most seem to be. Mine does not though I have done all the things you have posted.
Given all that I have said, do you have any recommendations? My daughter is also the same. I have been having anxiety for my child not being able to catch on. My daughter turned 6 in December. She can only recognize a few letters in her name. We read to them every day. I also feel desperate to help my child as I do not know how I can help her. I have been giving her alphabet worksheets and doing the best I can at home.
I love your post. As a teacher, I really like postings that can help me to be a better teacher. I learnt a lot from your postings. I really admired your post…however I was thinking if you can help me with my teaching before the coming start…. As a teacher and miter of two girls 2 and 5 I was thrilled to stumble on to this article! I love seeing this advice being shared with parents. So important for kids to be kids! Great information. Speaking from personal experience, homeschooling is definitely the way to go, better than social schooling in my experience, but the parents do play a major role on how well educated the child will be.
I have found a very informative FREE pdf file that coached me every step of the way on how to home school my children. If anyone is interested.. We found a unique way to get our kids to stop watching tv. Audio books. We downloaded a bunch for free at this site. There is a lot of information out there for teaching children to read. This post was very informative as well.
I like the decoding and using multiple aspects. What about bilingual kids. My 5 year old daughter can read and write in Japanese some- sounding out words etc. Not Kanji yet of course but she cant do anything in English. I am afraid to push her. She only recognizes and writes a few letters and knows some of the sounds. Where should I start? We live in Japan and I have noticed she is starting to struggle more with English.
I only speak English with her and when she was really little used to read to her and do lots of things with English puzzles and blocks and things. Soon she will start learning Kanji and I am afraid because it is so demanding English will get lost. My son is 3 and has 2 full shelves of books. Every time we go to a store he always wants to get another one! Anytime he sees words he will say look mom, ABCs! Do you have any tips on how to get them to recognize the letters? We tell him what the letters are and what they say when he asks but is there a more structured approach that works better for a 3 year old?
How useful is it to use a tool say a ruler or any piece of paper as a guide to show which line of sentences you are currently reading? Or maybe just point to the words and glide along as you read through the words? I just found your post! Thank you for the info! She turned 6 at the end of January. You say that they are not expected to be reading until mid-1st grade so why are our teachers so persistent that she should already be reading?
They kept my son back for the same reason, I was even lied to by the Special Education Class Teacher on what type of books, how many words, length of the books they should be reading in first grade to help me make up my mind. She loves to be read to, she is also the youngest and the older 2 have always done everything for her ie talk, answer, cleaned up, carried her, etc , even when I tell them not too. Great story! Programs like this one are so cool!
Our golden retriever who died a few months ago was a therapy dog. She would go to school with me once a week back when I was teaching first grade and the kids could read to her. What a wonderful opportunity!
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My son started reading to the dogs at our local library when he was 4 and it really boosted his confidence! My son loves being read to and is good at comprehending story-lines. Reading all the posts has made me realize what I already know and that is I should just relax about it and not pressurize him. Thank you for sharing this! My son will be entering K soon, and we have been working with him on reading skills, but have not really known how to go about it. This is awesome!
I still have so much to learn. Thank you for this informative and encouraging post. As my husband and I are both avid readers, we naturally did all of these steps with our oldest child and he learned to read before he was 4 years old. He just finished kindergarten and reads 4th grade level books with great comprehension. It is such a joy to see him love reading, but I have to keep reminding him to put his books down while walking in parking lots!!
I also like that you encourage parents not to force reading by a certain age. I have a 9-year old I teach private extra lessons after school. He is not a native English speaker; I am in Nigeria. Please help me. Thank you so much for your article. I was one of those parents who wanted their child to be reading by age 2 and other unrealistic expectations like that. I do not push her anymore and just spend a lot of time reading with her. Thank you for your article and I will definitely use some of your suggestions just to keep up with her love of reading.
Could you please send me the link that shows different ways to read a book i was looking for it, and I cant find it so plese help. I totally agree that reading to your baby is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your child. However, I do think that it is an amazing blessing if your child can read before the standard age of 6. If they know how to read, they can get lost in the magical pages of books — developing a love for reading very early on.
Did you ever use any DVDs with young children to help them learn to read? I have used several programs with my children — although my favorite is MonkiSee — and have gleaned many wonderful results. Do you support educational DVDs for teaching babies to read? Have you ever used any? Hi, This really is very interesting and informative. I have an 11 year old and he still struggling with reading. Any help?! Have you asked him if letters, words or lines seem to waver or change places?
Can he remember what it says when he or you read each page? Try coloured overlays especially yellow or even blue or red. Hi I have a six year old brother that me and my parents are trying to teach can you help with six year old tips for him. Making reading fun and exciting is the best way for children to want to learn to read. They will want to work at it and consider it a fun activity. This will allow them to have a love for books and reading anyhting in general as they grow older making them more successful in school and then life.
The most attractive part I found in this link is we must read first parents. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Comment pirater facebook? Great article, check out learn2kids. My son who is around 2 and half years old now has started writing. He can write all the alphabets and words he remembers he knows spelling of around 60 words.
He just has trouble writing N, M and S. Please tell me what is the average age by which kids start writing. Has my son picked up the skill little earlier? How can I further enhance his skill? Yes, that is pretty early although all children do things in their own timing. He must have remarkable fine motor skills. Let him do it because he enjoys it. I am a single parent who has just recently started reading heavily with my 5 year old.
He is aware of the sounds and has a few of the basic words down, but struggles with reading. He truly enjoys the last part of the night where we open the books together and I want that feeling to last forever. I greatly appreciate the advice and will completely back off of my son as he still has time to grow into reading whole stories. Due to a late birthday he is currently in Pre-K so I think the pressure of wanting him to do well in school, being a single parent, and my own childhood misfortunes are having a negative impact on me.
I plan to regroup for tomorrow nights reading and take things a lot slower with him and make sure that he knows that he is doing a great job. Thank you so much for you have saved me from me in a way. After going over a number of the blog articles on your web page, I really like your technique of blogging.
I book marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my website as well and tell me your opinion. Hi, great page. Have just started some early reading skills with my granddaughter aged 2 and three quarters. I have read to her and introduced her to books from just days old! Recently she has been pointing to words and asking either what they say or do. I must admit that I am a retired teacher of support for learning here! She is not really ready for sounds yet although has some, but picture recognition, word shape, comprehension and memory will aid her to decode when she is ready.
Books are a magical time to spend with your child, from a very early age, bath, fabric and basic board books are a great way to start. I came across your page quite by accident as I was so frustrated with trying to get my son to read. He received absolutely no instruction in Kinder and now, in first grade, is terribly behind and I am at a loss as to how to help him.
He will see a word, can sound it out, but if you turn the page, it becomes a totally new word. He can spell his word wall words like a champ, can write dictation like a hero, but reading? He is failing miserably. I have just purchased your book, but it seems as though I have failed him already as we did NONE of this prior to school as I had no idea about any of this. How can I help him learn to read at this late stage in the game and save him from failing first grade?
First of all, I would recommend concentrating on making reading fun and enjoyable for both of you.
Spend more time reading with him than having him read to you…model proper inflection and fluency. Read engaging stories together. I would also start to work on sight words and word families. He will get it! Thank you for your response and suggestions. There are times that we both feel frustrated and lost. I will read your book and being to implement the suggestions from your book and email. Thanks again. Since this is a whole year later…. However, I just want to say as an educator of 15 years who has a reading specialist endorsement, that reading is developmental—and each child is in a different part of that developmental process.
Hi, thank you very much! Reading your posts really enlightened me. You have advises that change my view on how to teach my son. Most of the times spent teaching my son reading made me impatient, my son saw me very frustrated which I felt he became frustrated as well. And I felt so sorry every after sessions we had. I was the one so pressured. Please pray for me as well… Thank you. Thank you very much for this, Jenae. And we do not have TV. So we build Lego, we read books and we draw. I love this post. I agree with so many things in this post… comprehension is more important than blurting out words..
My daughter is three and a half. She picked up the alphabet almost instantly, Alphabet song, if I remember right. Except q and x, she knows what they are just has trouble pronouncing them. She is improving significantly since I started three days ago on sounding out letter words. My question would have to be, where do I guide her next? Like you said, learning should be made fun whenever possible, which is the approach I try to use. What is your opinion?
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I wanted my kid to do home schooling, and my DW and I are his teachers. This article really helps us to achieve our goal. It is very important that parents especially the mother has the initiative to be so attached with the needs of her kid. At an early age it is very important to enhance their mind to many possibilities.
Reading them a book at an early age can help them analyze things, so even if they cannot still read when they reach the certain age where they should learn to read it is easy for them to get things clearly. Thank you so much!!! I learned as I read the 10 ways how to teach my child to read…so from now on I practice my self to read them a story book…. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Magento understands that customers look forward for something more than functionality of the website, and keeping this in mind, Magento has a number of services.
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They have been so streamlined, and I have to say so limited to books and electronic teaching tools. I could not help but disagree that children should begin reading at about 6 years old. It is something that I would like to pursue and write a book about why they need not be pushed to learn how to read at a younger age. My children did learn to read at a much earlier age.
One of my children, and only one of them is gifted. It had nothing to do with their skills at having so much fun from the time they started crawling with the exception that I simply made my own program for them. They, as babies. It was a game to them. Now that they are adults, they thank me for their success in life. How rewarding as a mom. I also taught them basic math when they were toddlers.
All taught with tools from the outdoors. I worked, so many times it was difficult, but sooo worth the effort. I believe that the bonding time and a lot of love is what made it happen. Let me know if you have an interest in pursuing a conversation sometime on how I did it. My baby is now in Med School and will go on to Anesthesiology, so I feel competent to speak from experience at how she arrived, from infancy, to who she is today. Best Wishes, Karen Fega. I now have a one year old daughter. What is your opinion on this? Another great free tool my mom used to teach me to write is by drawing shapes on the sidewalk with paint brushes soaked in water.
My mom recently wrote a book explaining how she taught me to read at 3 and my sister at 2. In April I graduate with my doctorate and even in my doctoral program my friends commented on how quickly I read and assimilate information. I have a 7 year old with autism. He is in public school autism class first grade. When he was a toddler all he wanted to do was listen to books. Now I cannot sit him down. He literally fights me and my 3 year old who is homeschooling makes it harder because she gets jealous and throws fits during the time I try to make him sit down and look at a book. He is nowhere near reading now.
I am thinking about teaching reading to children between the ages of five to twelve years old and would like to know of a book I can order that can help me. Thanks for your time. God bless! I was in the same type of position you were! I totally understand where you are coming from…. There are a lot of great helpful tips and ideas listed here but my son learned how to spell AND write his name when he was 1. This summer I am going to get serious about teaching him how to read and I do believe it is possible. Hello every body, my name is Phillip and I just want to let you all know that having a broken heart is not an easy thing, but no matter how bad your situation may be, I want to let you all know that there is a way to get your ex chasing you around again wanting to be with you, because this is exactly what I did when my girlfriend left me for someone else and I am happy today because she is back with me and all these happened with the help of a spell caster Esango Priest.
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I used a very similar list when documenting my experiences teaching my kids to read at howitaughtmykidstoread. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks! My daughter is going into the 1st grade. When I read to her she is lazy. She will not sound out the word, and sometimes I have to fight with her to read. What can I do? I also feeling helpless to teach to my girls child, she is very stubborn and not obeying any of my advice, reason being that we both are working and she left with her grand parents and felt alone till when she is not completed her 4th birthday and now she is totally out of our command.
We love her but how to teach, is a mystery for us. I just discovered this post and I love all the ideas listed in it, especially 5. As a teacher, I loved using multiple intelligence strategies to help plan lessons that would engage my students and help them retain the concepts that were being taught. I now have fun finding and using such strategies to teach my grandsons their letter sounds, and reinforcing the concepts they are learning in their preschool and first grade classrooms. Thanks so much for this informative article! Fantastic tip, thank you so much, I will start doing this right away on how to get them to do what you want effectively.
I struggle still knowing what to do in many situations. We have rules in our home that I feel like are so simple, but my six year old breaks them constantly. I think a few more examples of dialogue would be really helpful. Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol. My son is 17 years old and he does not enjoy reading at all. I have realised that he can read but cannot comprehend to what he is reading and so is bored.
Please help or give me some suggestions which will help me to motivate him to read and comprehend what he is reading. I know i have missed those formative years of his childhood. But i believe nothing is impossible. You might look up some lists online for books for teenage boys. Or perhaps find some books that have been made into movies and encourage him to read the book and then watch the movie. Then you can talk about the differences between the two which is a good comprehension exercise.
I would also encourage you to find some books on tape that he can listen to. My husband really enjoys these and it is easier for him to comprehend when listening rather than when reading. Anyway, thanks so much for the article and see you around. Love, Julie xx. I found them very well explained, succinct and straight forward. I began reading to my granddaughter when she was 2 months old. By 1 year, she knew the correct way to hold a book and turn the pages front to back.
At 2 years 6 months — she began reading! She reads at least 10 books a day. Not every child has the opportunity to be read to, or even access to books. Will your book be going on sale again any time soon? I just discovered your site and missed it by a few weeks. It is still available…it is just full-price. Sorry you missed it! I really take a huge advantage of it, while I can. I encourage my little child to learn things about life, she is 2 years old, and she knows almost how to speak Spanish very well, I play the piano for her, I read books about kids stuff to her, and so she will become a lover of knowledge just as her father does.
I would say give it time. In a year or two, she will be better able to focus. Then you can make it a game and she will be even more engaged. TahnksChandra and Jenae, I learn another idea in dealing with my kids. Have a nice day ahead ladies. I am a head teacher of a school and I have children who can not read or slow readers.
I need help so that these kids can read a a better rate. I wish I practiced this type of early reading with my son. He is 13, still no interest in reading books. I taught my kids to read with an amazing method which is a lot of fun for both kids and parents. By 1 year, she knew the right thanks to hold a book and switch the pages front to back. I have a 5 and 4 month old daughter who is really interested in learning to read.
I love these steps and they help A LOT. She seems ready. Would I look into a program like Pathways to Reading? Or just keep it simple and focus on basics? What about ABC mouse? She knows all her letters and most of the sounds though she sometimes forgets and seems to enjoy sounding out words together, but maybe only 2 or 3 before she gets bored. I would suggest making reading aloud and the enjoyment that comes from that the 1 priority for now. Great points. One way parents can help increase the number of sight words is to make sure the closed captioning option on their television is always switched on and English subtitles on DVDs are used.
It is good to teach your child the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. You can do games such as having your child try to add different letters before the word family to form different words such as cat, mat, sat etc. Also have your child match pictures to words. It is also good to teach your child high frequency words. Model reading and also read with your child. Closed Captioning and same-language subtitles are an excellent way to increase the number of sight words a child has.
I do not even understand how I stopped up right here, however I assumed this put up used to be great. I know they helped us out a lot. Reading early really works. Popo would flip through book pages way before she could crawl even. I thought it would be too advanced but we read a few pages a day and she asks to read it at bed time. Terrific post! Alphabet games and crafts will be great to continue learning letter sounds. It feels accessible to everyone. Hey Jenae, a bug thanks to you. We have a 6 years old boy.
I appreciate this article so much as a librarian who gets asked all the time how to get kids to read. Thanks for these ideas! And he loves when I read to him. I feel like he might love learning basic words which letters form the words he already likes to say , and then he would REALLY love reading. Most of these ideas are advanced for him, but I gives me some ideas for moving forward. If you want children to read and have fun doing it , just buy them an adventure or video game. Text adventure games, visual novels, choose-your-own-adventure gamebooks etc.
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Thank you a lot and I am looking ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a e-mail? Such good ways to make reading fun for kids! Being a working mom, I home-school my kids and always make sure to read a bed time story to them. Thanks Jenae for sharing this post. I will surely start using these tips and make the reading and bonding time more fun. My brother recommended I may like this website. He was entirely right. This submit actually made my day. Thank you for this.. When I was teaching my kids to read, I tried to find books with only short words, thinking that they would make it easier to learn reading.
Could I write one? What about using words only 3-letters long? Then what about 2-letter words? That would be a challenge, but I listed the 2-letter words and made a story. I published it as a free ebook so that anyone may access it. I hope this book, along with material on this websites and from other sources, may help your child or student learn to read. Thanks for sharing these great tips. I like to read bed time stories to my daughter and sometimes I read inspirational stories like the ones from Chicken Soup for The Soul series.
My girl loves learning and she seems to be very interested. I guess this is a way to keep her vocabulary growing and improve her reading skill too. I have read to my daughter since she was about 2 months old. We have made reading a habit most nights and sometimes dad even joins us.
Is there a way I can help her? While playing we could learn just letters. She just guesses the whole words never trying to read them. Once I stumbled the story, very similar to ours. Their review sounded like a fairy tale, but we decided to try, for that was like the last chance.
I felt disappointment for I was not capable to teach my kid how to read. And the mirracle occurred! Ann started to read! Now wile we are 5 we can read rather big and serious texts. Sometimes she asks to let her to read bedtime story to her younger brother who is just 6 months old. We hope he will start reading much earlier for the course promisses potential even for kids younger than years old. Teaching a student via songs and poems can be a great idea. My father apply this strategy in his school. Child Care Courses will also be beneficial.
Great information!! But from my point of view, from the day your baby is born, you are a teacher of spirit. If you create an atmosphere of trust, openness, non-judgement, and acceptance, those qualities will be absorbed as the qualities of spirit. In a perfect world, parenting would come down to one sentence: Show only love, be only love. But in the world we all cope with, children grow up to face much non-loving behavior, primarily outside the home but sometimes within it as well. Rather than worry about whether you embody enough love to qualify as a spiritual teacher, look upon spirituality as a skill in living, since that is what it is.
I believe in imparting these skills as early as possible by whatever means a child can understand.
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