Hello moms, today we will talk about Kids Learning Reading. Most parents, at one time or another, frets on the education and the development of their children. Many concerned parents research and seek information on the main topic of teaching children to read and write. I for starters, am glad to see so many parents wanting to get an earlier start for their children in reading and writing, because studies demonstrate that developing these abilities in early stages before entering school provides numerous benefits and advantages afterwards as the child progresses through school.
More worrisome must be the fact that over one third, 38% to be exact, of all grade 4 students cannot even achieve a fundamental level of reading ability according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This is an alarming statistic. Will your son or daughter become among the 38% who cannot reach basic reading achievement by grade 4? For some children, this poor ability to learn may be easily prevented with early phonemic awareness teaching.
Reading must begin early in living of a young child, whether it is just an alphabet letter, a word, a word, a sentence, or even a story. Teaching children how to read must begin in early stages, and children should come in contact with books, stories, rhymes, and be read to on a regular basis. Children as young as 2 years of age can learn to see in the event that you teach them to see with the appropriate instructions. Please watch the video below of a 2 year 11 months old reading randomly constructed sentences.
As Lida Williams said, almost 100 years ago:
Phonics isn’t a technique of teaching reading, however it is an essential part of every good, modern method. It is the important thing to word mastery, and word mastery is among the first essentials in learning how to read. A knowledge of the sounds of letters, and of the effectation of the career of the letter upon its sound, is an important means of mastering the mechanics of reading, and of enabling children to become independent readers.
100 years later, this still holds true. There has been a great debate about what method of teaching is most beneficial to teach children how to read: whether phonics or the whole language method is better. The whole language learning how to read method is more of a “word memorization” plan, where a child is designed to memorize the “shape” of the word, and say it.
It is important to tell apart the difference between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness.Phonological awareness is extremely broad, and includes phonemic awareness as a subscription category. Phonemic awareness is extremely narrow, and it’s only centered on the phonemes, which are the in-patient sounds of letters. You can find no shortage of studies which have repeatedly found and concluded that teaching phonemic awareness to small children produces exceptional reading and spelling abilities. You are able to read more about research on phonemic awareness here.
The entire language method simply expects a child to “read” when presented reading material, and by memorizing sight words. The phonics method is just a bottom up approach where you teach children to learn in a logical and sequential order. You first teach children the alphabet letters and the sounds they represent; you then teach children to combine (or blend) various letter sounds together to form words; that is then accompanied by reading sentences and simple stories. This is a logical progression for children understanding how to read, where they develop accuracy in decoding words and pronouncing words. This technique of teaching also helps the child to spell correctly.
There’s undoubtedly that phonics and phonemic awareness instruction is the superior method to show children just how to read. We have successfully used phonemic awareness instructions to teach our kids at age 2 to learn words, sentences, paragraphs, and simple story books. Thank you for reading this article about Kids Learning Reading and see you next time. If you want to learn about our simple, step-by-step method to teach your children to learn and write, please click below: