If you are a parent who wants to teach your child to read—but aren’t sure how—read on. Most of us believe that every child deserves to learn.
But sadly, many never do. According to the U.S. department of education, 32 million adults in the United States cannot read a simple newspaper, menu or this blog. Illiteracy is one of the highest contributors to unemployment, dead-end jobs and low self-esteem.
Why can’t these people read?
Consider the following:
Reading is not just a subject in school. Reading is fundamental to every curriculum your child will take throughout her academic career. As your child grows, she will use her reading skills to ride the subway, fill out a job application and keep abreast of what is happening in the world around her.
But mostly, how does one survive 100 years of living without being able to curl up in an over-stuffed chair and read a book?
You can never go wrong in your efforts to teach your child to read! How far you get is up to you, but getting started early could make all the difference for your child.
I'm not a teacher. How can I teach my child to read?
Many parents are intimidated by the idea of taking on such a daunting task. Only teachers know how to teach kids to read. I can't teach my child to read. Right?
Think about this. Who taught your child how to talk? Share toys? Get dressed? You don't need a teaching certificate! You've been acquiring credentials since the day your child was born.
There are plenty of outstanding tools on the market to help you teach your child to read. And they are only a keystroke away. Or, you can take a look at Teach Your Child to Read™—a simple, six step online reading program designed (by me) for parents (like you).
Whatever works for you, be confident that you are exactly the right person to introduce this life skill to your child.
What about phonics? I'm sure I don't know how to teach that!
Even if you didn't learn phonics in your elementary school years, you do use it every time you read. English is a phonetic language—your brain figured that out years ago.
If you're reading this, you know phonics!
But don't worry about not being able to teach it. Just focus on the sounds of the letters as you hear them. Or, invest in a phonics based reading program that teaches you how to teach reading using phonics. (Make sure there is an audio component so you can hear the sounds.)
What is the best age to teach my child to read?
Many parents start the process at age 3, but the real answer is, when you and your child are ready to begin.
If you are having fun teaching and your child is having fun learning, then you have chosen the perfect time to begin. If you sense your child needs a break, skip a few days, then reintroduce your lessons for a fresh start. And if it means putting your materials away for awhile, that’s OK. There are no deadlines.
As long as you let your child set the pace, you will find him or her to be a happy, eager pupil.
Tell us how you feel about teaching YOUR child to read. Leave a comment!
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