A child's first words

Teaching Toddlers to Read

Babies begin to learn the basic tenets of communication from the moment they are born. From a young age, they listen to every word we say, and they begin to develop their own language abilities. Reading is a natural extension of this process.

Children begin to show interest in books as early as six months, when brightly colored board books should be introduced. As they grow into toddlers, they enjoy repetitive books and stories that rhyme. Between the ages of two and three is a great time to really start teaching toddlers to read. Here are ten things to keep in mind when you’re teaching toddlers to read:

 Be patient,

As a toddler, your child may only be interested in simple story lines. As he begins to develop more language skills, he will start to recognize his name and a few other words. Reading develops gradually, and each child moves at his or her own speed.

 Making reading time special,

Your child values alone time with you as much as you love spending time with him. When you cherish the time you spend reading with your child, and consider it quality time, you will both enjoy reading more.

 Read your child a wide variety of materials,

The wider variety of materials your child is exposed to, the more vocabulary he can build. From the newspaper, to emails from grandma to your favorite magazine, make a habit of reading everything aloud if your child is around.

 Point at the words as you read them aloud,

This helps your child to follow along, and begin to link the letters with the sound of the word. It will also help them know when to turn the page, an action many toddlers enjoy.

 Ask your child to read to you,

When you’ve finished a book, go back to the beginning and have your child repeat the story to you. Even though his story may be very different from the words in the book, this will build confidence and he will be more interested in reading in the future.

 Assign a “Letter of the Day,”

Playing games like “Letter of the Day” makes learning to recognize letters fun. Everyday, show your child the letter for the day. Have him look for it in his books, on signs and in words around the house.

 Encourage your child to write,

Even if it just looks like scribbles, having your child copy or write words that you teach them helps with recognition, reading and writing. Their name is a great place to start.

 Invest in letter toys,

Alphabet toys don’t have to be expensive to be effective. Even a pack of magnet letters on the fridge offer your child a chance to play with letters. You can even spell out a new word each day and encourage your child to learn to recognize it.

 Determine when your child is the most interested,

Reading bedtime stories is a traditional way to introduce books, but is it best? Probably not, according to the research. Instead, notice when your child is the most interested in reading. For many toddlers, this is as they are winding down, but not right before bed.

 Keep books within your toddler’s reach,

Even if he’s just looking at the pictures or pressing the buttons on interactive books, your child is developing a love for books through using them for play and exploration.

Teaching toddlers to read takes effort, but it has many benefits for your child. Studies have shown that children who start kindergarten with basic reading skills are more confident. They are more interested in learning, and do better in school. They also enjoy school more.

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My First Words for A to Z, a child’s first words Volume 1

My-First-Words-for-A-to-Z_1aWelcome to our new Kindle book series called, “My First Words for A to Z.” Each of these Kindle books is about helping your child learn new words. The main goal is to make learning new words fun. Each word is formatted with a mini story and fun illustration.

Children generally enter the reading readiness stage through their exposure to their environment, usually by listening to other people talk. This is a critical stage for the child because in order to learn how to read the written word, he/she must first learn how to understand the spoken word.  This is the basis of My First Words for A to Z.

This series is designed for the 3 to 5 year age group and needs an adult or older sibling to sound out the word, read each of the mini stories and share the fun illustration. Listening to the spoken word is the first step to Reading Readiness and needs to be a fun experience. There are two words for each letter in the alphabet.  Some are simple like Ball, Dog and Cat. Some are difficult like Alligator and Xylophone. Some will even be learning opportunities for parents, such as the word Xat.

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