Teach Your Toddler How to Read

Are you trying to teach your toddler how to read?

Here are some suggestions to make the task easier.

Teach the sounds of the letters together with their names.
The sound (or sounds) of the letters often differ from the name of the letter. So in reading, it is the sounds that count. When you read to  your toddler, point to the letter C, for example and say; “the name of this letter is [see] and it makes two sounds: [kkk] like the word cat and also [sss] as in the word cent.” Then ask him to give you examples.

Please do not be rigid in how the child pronounces the sounds. Regional accents and weak auditory skills often make it hard for children to say most sounds correctly. Accept a reasonable effort. Recognize that learning sounds is just an intermediate step to learning to read.

Teach lower case letters first.
Have you noticed that nearly all ABC books for toddlers and young children teach uppercase letters first? Yet capital letters account for only five percent of all letters written the English language . This means you should pay more attention to teaching the lower case letters. Lower case letters tend to be far more important in developing reading skills.

Do not worry about grammar at this point.
Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders are very concrete in the way they think and cannot handle complicated concepts. It is not necessary at this stage to teach them about consonants, vowels, long and short sounds and such. They can learn to read just as well without these rules.

By age four, most English-speaking children already have an excellent grasp of grammar of the language and soon they will learn all the formal grammatical rules in school. At this point, you need to concentrate only on the mechanical skill of reading.

Happy Reading!

Michelle L. Spitzer

Owner, Pacifier B Gone




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