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 Copyright 2012 Jeanne Mifflin
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After your child has learned basic letter sounds, you will begin to teach them basic rhyming words such as cat/hat/mat.  Think Dr. Seuss here.

This is also the point where you will want to have your child begin reading simple reader books.  Make sure they know the meaning of and how to read about 90% of the words beforehand to avoid frustration. 

The toughest part of teaching a child to read is having the patience to listen to and encourage them in the beginning when it is hard and slow. If they make a mistake, you will have to find a way to correct them without discouraging them.  Offer a "good job" and a reward when they finish.

As they progress in their abilities, you will begin to teach them about:

  • vowels (a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y),
  • digraphs, 
  • diphthongs, and   (See sidebar for meaning of digraph and diphthong.)
  • parts of speech.  (noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, etc.)

Once your child​ reaches this point, there are many resources available to help them.  I've listed a few of my favorites below.

Don't forget -- the most important thing you can do to help your young reader is to listen to them read every day in an encouraging and patient way.

Good luck with your new reader!​

                                                             Jeanne Mifflin

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How do I Teach My Child to Read?
by Jeanne Mifflin
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Take your child to library story times every week. Have them choose books to take home and let them help check them out. Guide them to books for themes that interest them the most. Be sure and show your child the following:

  • The front and back covers, 
  • How to hold the book and turn the pages properly, 
  • That you can tell what the story is about from just the pictures, and
  • Be sure and point to the words whenever you read your child their bedtime story to help them understand that you are reading the words.

Gather engaging introductory alphabet toys.

Purchase or create a letter, picture and word card set to play with you child for about 15 minutes a day.  Use a glitter glue pen to trace and give texture to the learning letter in words used on cards and in books.  Allow to dry completely before use.

Sing the ABC song with your child every day.  Don't forget to point to the letters whenever you sing the song whether in a book or on a poster. 

Reinforce your child's learning with a sticker book and letter sounds songs.

Try to spend about 10-15 minutes on the hour several times a day repeating what you did the day before until your child gets it.  

Many children will be ready to begin at least some of these activities when they are 3 years old.

Which has been harder for your child to learn?Reading
Note:  Specific toy and book photos have been included to give you the idea only.
Take this book to the grocery store and show your child how to match the foods to the pictures.
Stop Babbling!  

When you read your child a story with many words, don't just keep babbling.  

Go over vocabulary used in the story beforehand to make sure that your child knows exactly what every word means.  Act out any verbs together that they don't know, show your child the item in your home, or use a children's picture dictionary.

di·graph  [dahy-graf, -grahf] 
A pair of letters representing a single speech sound, as ea  in meat or th  in path.
diph·thong  [dif-thawng] 
An unsegmentable, gliding speech sound varying continuously in phonetic quality but held to be a single sound or phoneme and identified by its apparent beginning and ending sound, as the oi- sound of toy  or boil.
Sight Words

Begin teaching your child basic sight words from flash cards as soon as they begin to understand letter sounds.  The following link will get you started:

Note:  Specific toy and book photos have been included to give you the idea only.
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