Need Help Teaching a Child to Read? Try These Great Websites
Teaching a young child to read can be challenging. Fortunately, there are a few excellent websites that can make that task easier for you and your child. These are websites that most kids will probably enjoy using. Your child will learn to read more easily if they actually enjoy doing it.
These websites could be used to teach babies and toddlers to read as well. But you may find a program like Brillkids Little Reader or the Your Baby Can Read DVD series effective in addition to these websites. Usually the more you do to teach reading, the more quickly your child will learn.
The first two websites listed are free. The other two offer free trials. Check the websites to find out the price.
Readingbear.org is a free phonics website. This website is wonderful because it actually sounds out a large number of words. If a child is having a hard time with the idea that sounds go together to make words, Reading Bear will be a big help. They should start to understand very quickly with regular exposure to this website. Reading Bear offers sound it out slowly, sound it out quickly and let me sound it out. All content on the website is free. You can register to track progress.
Starfall.com is another great free phonics website. It has a huge number of games, songs, and interactive books. New readers should start with the ABC section, which teaches the phonetic sound of each letter. Most content on starfall.com is free but there is also a paid option as well. They offer a Kindergarten curriculum.
Readingeggs.com is not a free website but they do offer a free trial. This is a very thorough website that completely covers the process of learning to read. The website also has a lot of games. This is an excellent option for homeschoolers who want a full reading curriculum.
Reading Eggs has a test to determine a child's existing reading level, so they don't have to go through lessons that cover concepts they already know.
Headsprout.com is another full curriculum option for learning to read. It includes 80 lessons. The website says that the program goes from nonreader to about mid second grade level at the end of the 80 lessons. This website also has a section for older readers to improve reading comprehension skills. Again, this may be a very good option for homeschoolers who want a full reading curriculum. A free trial is available.
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© 2011 LT Wright