what age is common for a child to learn to read?

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Kristin - posted on 08/13/2009

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kids can learn at all different ages. Reading is like a code: once they know all the letters and can put a sound with each symbol, you can teach them to blend the sounds together (think hooked on phonics). However, being able to read words is not the most important part of being literate, but rather making sense of words. I teach first graders (the year where they really learn to piece all the literacy skills together) and we spend a lot of time working on comprehension and vocabulary. Don't worry so much about whether your child can call words(sound them out and say them) at a very early age,, but spend more time exposing them to rich vocabularies and fostering a love and understanding of language. If they love words and books and want to understand a story or topic, figuring out the words will come easily and naturally.

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Jenniffer - posted on 08/16/2009

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Every child is diffrent however if you read to them and show them the words as you read they seem to pick up quick and then they ask u if they can read you the bedtime story. Brings a tear to my eyes when they are the ones aking. Its very cute. try little by little and they will surprize you.

Helen - posted on 08/14/2009

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just make sure you teach the sounds of the letters - not ABC . it is only the sounds that will help them to read mort children can read at some level by 5 or 6 but the enjoyment of books is the most important thing so make it fun

Crystal - posted on 08/13/2009

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I believe they start piecing words together soon after they get thier abc's and letter identification down, (within a year or so), but every child is different. My son is almost 3 and can identify his name, but no other words. So the more u work with ur child with words and reading, the easier it will be for them to start the connections on their own.

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