Hello moms, today we’ll talk about Parents Teaching Reading. Before a child learns to read, he or she must first learn the spoken language, and this is among the first instances where members of the family such as for instance dad, mom, older siblings, and grandparents play a significant role in “teaching” the little one the spoken English language. Whether young kids realize it or not, they gain very early experience of the alphabet when parents sing the alphabet song to them. They begin to develop language skills by being read to and spoken to. One of many keys to teaching children reading in the beginning is by exposing them to alphabet letters, books, and reading for them often.
Reading nursery rhymes and children’s books are an essential part of getting children to understand printed text. Talk to your children, and talk in their mind often, whether they understand or not isn’t important when they’re just babies. The more you talk and talk with your kids, the greater they will develop. The important thing is exposure, and repeated exposure. Once your child learns to speak, you are able to begin teaching them reading at home.
I often hear parents claim that they do not desire to “push” the youngster too hard. How can teaching your child to learn at a young age be considered “pushing” them way too hard? If you as a parent have the mentality that reading is a chore, and teaching them to read is pushing “too hard”, you can’t expect your kids to be worked up about learning reading. On the contrary, learning how to read offers a young child an opportunity for a very long time to understand, discover, and benefit from the wonders of reading. Parents (including myself) will often underestimate the abilities and learning capabilities of young children. Once we first began our teaching reading program with your first child when she was 2 years and 8 months, little did we expect that in just a couple short weeks, she’d be reading not only words, but sentences and story books. After about 3 months, by the time she was 2 years 11 months old, our daughter could read “Step in to Reading – step 2 (pre-school to grade 1 level)” books with some guidance. The advantages of learning to read were apparent – improved speech clarity, and better reading ability and reading comprehension.
You will find no shortage of studies which find many benefits in teaching children reading at an early on age. For example, one study administered a Stanford achievement test in the beginning of kindergarten and however by the end of grade one discovered that early language based skills were highly connected with later academic performance in school aged children.  Similar studies also found a higher level of letter knowledge in kindergarten can reliably predict better later literacy skills. Having a home environment that’s conducive to literacy growth is crucial in a child’s development, and directly affects a child’s language and literacy development. Studies have found that responsiveness and support of the house environment is the strongest predictor of children’s language and early literacy skills.  My point here is make parents aware that children who enter kindergarten with highly developed early reading skills will achieve greater success with systematic reading education. 
It’s never too late to start home lessons and programs to teach your kids to read. Regardless of how old your child is, starting a reading program at a young age could have ample benefits. Start with plenty of talking, singing, and reading to your son or daughter from the comfort of birth, and once your son or daughter is able to speak, you can start a straightforward reading program.
Start with teaching your son or daughter some basic letters and their sounds, and even as soon your son or daughter learn just a few letters and their sounds, you are able to begin teaching them simple blends utilizing the letter knowledge that they have acquired. Work on ear training with your child on oral blending and word segmentation. Among the keys to teaching children read is developing phonemic awareness. Studies have shown that phonemic awareness is one of the greatest predictors of reading success in children. Thank you for reading this article about Parents Teaching Reading and see you next time.
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