Hello moms, today we’ll talk about Reading Games For Toddlers. So, you want to teach your son or daughter to learn, but before a child can learn to read, he or she must first learn at least some of the letters in the alphabet, their names, and the sounds that they represent. To have the ability to read, a child must manage to recognize the letters, know the sound of the letters, and have the ability to recognize the letters quickly and say the sound without hesitation. There is enough of discussion and disagreement on whether it’s better to teach children using whole language programs or using methods which incorporate phonics and phonemic awareness instructions. I believe the debate on this really is settled once the National Reading Panel stated from their findings of reviewing over 1,900 studies that phonics and phonemic awareness produces superior reading results than whole language programs.
There is also some debate on whether to instruct your youngster only letter names, or only the sounds that your letters represent. However, studies have also settled this debate by discovering that teaching a kid alphabet names and sounds together produces the very best results. Actually, studies have discovered that there’s little value in teaching preschoolers letter forms or letter sounds separately. This was indicated by an Australian study involving 76 preschool children. The kids received 6 weeks of training in either letter awareness, phonemic awareness, or control tasks, and then received another 6 weeks of training in either letter-sound correspondence or control tasks. The study discovered that training in either phoneme or letter awareness assisted with learning of letter-sound correspondences, and that the phonemically trained children group had a benefit on recognition tasks. The study found that there surely is little value in training in letter form or letter sounds separately. 
As you can see, there is basically no point in mere teaching either the names of the alphabet letters, or the sounds the letters make. A young child must learn the name and the sound of the alphabet letter. When teaching your son or daughter the alphabet, as opposed to simply teaching them the name of the alphabet such as “this is the letter A”, guide them like so:
“This is actually the letter A, and the letter A makes the /A/ sound.” (note: the /A/ denote the sound “A” makes, and not its name). Similarly, you are able to teach your son or daughter one other alphabet letters in this manner including both name and sound of the letter. This is the way I teach my children the alphabet letters. Other studies have also determined that teaching the letter names and sounds together helped children learn.
58 preschool children were randomly assigned to get instructions in letter names and sounds, letter sound only, or numbers (control group). The results of the study are consistent with past research results in so it found children receiving letter name and sound instruction were probably to understand the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds. 
To be able to effectively teach your children the sounds of letters, you should first master the appropriate pronunciation of the letters yourself. It is crucial for you as a parent to have the ability to first say the sounds of the letters correctly before teaching your kids, and this really is much tougher than it might seem. Thank you for reading this article about Reading Games For Toddlers and see you next time.
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Preschool Language and Literacy Lab, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.