Teaching children to
You can teach reading at home
"I am passionate about teaching children to read. Children that start
school already reading are confident and ready for further academic learning, they have a head start on the
road to academic success.
I would like you to be able to give your child the best opportunity to
succeed at school. I have written a step by step program that clearly outlines how to teach reading skills to
young children, so you can teach your child to read at home.
Everything you need to successfully teach reading is in the book, no
need to purchase flash cards or to sit your child in front of a television or computer. The learning
activities outlined in my book teach reading skills using play based activities and games that
will be fun for both you and your child.
By following the steps in my book you will be able to teach your child
to read at home and you will also foster a lifelong love of learning”.
'a mother, grandmother, an early childhood professional
& special education teacher'
Want to know more about: Teaching
children to read?
Why you should teach reading early?
Young children undertake an amazing amount of learning in the first few years of their life,
they absorb new information quickly. Once a child is three years of age, 85-90% of their core brain
structure is already formed.
The period from birth to age eight and particularly from birth to three years is a critical time
for brain development. Children are programmed to learn, they are super sponges, soaking information up. By the
time a child is three years old their brain has formed about 1,000 trillion connections.
There is debate in communities all over the world as to when to
begin to teach reading skills. Some people believe that early literacy education may be harmful for children or
that young children are not developmentally ready to learn to read. There seems to be a general concern that
children are being ‘pushed’ into learning academic skills too early and should have more opportunity for
creative play experiences.
You cannot ‘push’ a child to learn they must be ready to learn. As
educators, what we do is provide the stimulus and the opportunity for learning to occur and the child will learn
when they have the developmental capacity to do so.
Children everywhere are learning to read early and increasing
number of parents are teaching their children to read successfully before they commence school. The key is to
teach reading skills in a fun way, where children learn to read through play based guided activities.
Too many children find learning to read difficult and there are
long term consequences that result when children experience reading difficulties. These include;
· lower self-confidence
· lack of motivation and
· reduced capacity for successful overall school performance.
Teaching children to read before they start school builds
confidence and provides children with the skills to develop in all academic areas.
How parents can teaching children to read
The role of parents in children's education today is particularly important. Learning
to read is a process that begins very early in childhood. Parents are providing the environment for pre language,
pre reading and pre writing skills to be learnt from the very beginning of their child's life. Talking and
interacting with their child, reading regularly, singing and playing with their children are the key activities
parents are undertaking to build language skills and promote the development of literacy
Parents all over the world are playing a key role in the
development of their child's literacy skills. After all, they have the great advantage of having fewer children in
their family than teachers have in classrooms and therefore are providing vital one-on-one guided learning
Children exposed to a home environment where pre reading and pre writing skills are
emphasized have highly developed emerging literacy skills and are finding learning to read
Reading and singing with their
children are two of the most significant things parents are doing to promote literacy success. Reading a
minimum of two stories and singing or saying three rhymes a day is developing their child's emergent literacy
Parents are reading and singing with enthusiasm and encouraging
their child to participate in the experience. By immersing their child in stories and rhymes they are providing the
opportunity for their child to be exposed to the rhythm of language and at the same time are promoting a love of
Once children are familiar with the language in books and
rhymes parents are introducing fun learning to read activities to promote specific skill
Having high expectations for their child's success is also a strong predictor for
academic success. Parents that provide the opportunities for learning to occur and encourage success are finding
that their children are succeeding academically.
For more information about how parents are teaching children to read check out this
site; Parents can
teach children to read.
Teaching children to read early promotes academic success
Reading allows children to travel the world, it allows them be other people
and experience other lives. Reading expands their horizons and builds their knowledge of people and the things
around them. Reading is very important for it promotes children's thinking skills and encourages children to see
things from other perspectives. Here is a link to more information about how reading to children improves reading skills.
When children are learning to read, they develop skills that they will
use for the rest of their lives.
If you can read, you can learn anything!
Learning to read, prepares children for the more complex learning they will
do in primary school and later in college or university. In a way, it is preparing for life long