What tips do you have as a parent for teaching young children to read and write?
Tell them stories! This helps children to be interested in learning to read and write. Some children even write their own stories because they were inspired to read and write. Good luck!
Start young, before the education establishment gets at them. Teach them the key, language is a code and its key is the alphabet, names and more important, sounds. Read to them and show them the breakdown of the words, Show them and explain the way vowels modify other vowels, especially the way the 'magic, "e"' generally after a consonate alters the sound of the vowel before the consanant from a short to a long sound.
Read to them as soon as they can sit, or even earlier. And as mentioned before, start very early. I start teaching my kids alphabet at 2, in the form of a game, they enjoy it, and if you do that, they will be able to read at 4.
Read to them daily. You can't do it too much. Then begin to show them and tell them letter sounds. You want to be careful here that you are not undermining or teaching a different method then they will learn in school. Nothing is more frustrating than having to unlearn things before learning them properly.
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