Teach Your Child To Read Early
This List Could Include Your Child's Name
As parents, we all want what's best for our children. We also know that it all starts with a good education. Now you can give your child the head start they need and deserve without spending a lot of money doing it. I wont' claim to have your child reading novels at the age of 2 but this method does get them at least 1-2 grade levels ahead of their peers by school age.
"What's the catch?" you say. None. No fancy cards or videos, or hundreds of dollars. We spend time with our children every day anyway, why not throw a little learning in there. Studies, like those of the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families have shown that by the age of 5, 90% of the brain is formed. Shortly after the brain begins a prunig process, which discards unused nerves and neurons. The earlier your child's brain begins using the pathways formed, the better he will perform in school. The biggest thing to remember is to be patient and make it a fun process for you and your child.
As mentioned before, start with letter names. Whether bought from your local dollar store or homemade, flash cards are great for this stage which can, but doesn't have to, begin as soon as your child can focus his eyes on them. Just simply show the card and say the name of the letter, but go slow, especially if you begin before your child is able to repeat you. You may chose to teach letter sounds as soon as your child can repeat the names to back to you or wait until he has mastered all names.
Once all the letter sounds are mastered begin giving you child 2-3 letter words. It is important to focus on getting him to sound out the words rather than just memorizing them, as this will help him know how to deal with unfamiliar words later. Each time your child says a word correctly repeat it back to him to reenforce it. When you are comfortable with the way your child is reading small words, move on to larger ones. Only increase word size by 1-2 letters at a time though until he really has the hang of sounding them out. Again you don't need fancy cards or videos to do this, just some simple words hand written on a slip of paper will do just fine. At whatever point you feel comfortable you may give your child simple books to read, but remember let the child sound out the unfamiliar words offering help as needed.
This sounds really simple and that's because it is. If you follow these few steps and challenge your child, he will be reading above grade level before he starts school and his teachers will be amazed. But remember, have fun in doing teaching your child and give lots of praise for all efforts, not just correct ones. It does you or the child no good to continue after the child is frustrated.
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