• Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 5: Easy Readers

    Step 5: Reading Easy Readers Together In Step 1 your child learned the letters of the alphabet. Then in Step 2 they learned the sounds the letters make. Next your child learned how to sound out small words in Step 3 . Then in Step 4 they memorized sight words. Now in Step 5 you finally get to open a book, HURRAY! What Are Easy Readers? Easy Readers is a term I use for beginner books. It’s a book that is easy for new readers to read. There are many different kinds of easy readers available at your local library or department store. Find some easy readers that you and your child enjoy. Our favorite brands…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 4: Sight Words

    Step 4: Memorizing Sight Words Your child learned the names of the alphabet letters in Step 1. In Step 2 you helped your child learn the sounds the letters make. Then in Step 3 you showed your child how to build and sound out 3 letter words.  Now in Step 4 you will help your child memorize sight words.   What Are Sight Words? Sight words are words that commonly appear on any given page of text.  They are words like, the I is by one …and so on. Reading Kingdom has a list of the Top 100 Sight Words, click here to print off their free list (PDF format). These Words are meant to be memorized…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 2: Letter Sounds

    Step 2: Learning the Letter Sounds In Step 1 of teaching your child how to read, you helped your child learn to identify the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet by name. Now that they know what each of the letters are and that they all have a name, your child is ready to learn that each letter of the alphabet also makes a sound. Step 2 of teaching your child how to read is helping them learn the letter sounds.   Consonant Letter Sounds First, tell your child what the consonant letters “say”.   Hint: It is helpful to start with consonants  first before introducing the various vowel sounds. Just like in Step…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child to Read Step 3: Three Letter Words

    Step 3: Building Three Letter Words In Step 1 you helped your child learn how to identify the capital and lowercase letters by name. Then in Step 2 you helped your child learn what sound each letter makes. Now in Step 3 you will teach your child how to build and sound out three letter words. In this step they will be replacing letters one at a time from a 3 letter group to make and read new words. Hint: Find a letter tool that allows your child to see and touch each letter individually such as letter tiles, flash cards or puzzle pieces. 1 – Pick Two Letters Choose a vowel to be…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child to Read Step 1: The Alphabet

    Step 1: Learning the Alphabet There is no “right age” for a child to learn how to read. It all depends on you as their teacher and them as an individual. When are they ready? When are you ready? These are the right questions to ask before getting started. That being said, there are some readiness milestones that will help you to know when your child is ready to start. Does your child verbally repeat words/sounds that they hear? Does your child follow through with simple commands? If you can answer “yes” to both then no matter what age your child is you can feel confident that they are ready…