Where to start with teaching kids to read?

Cathrin - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My father taught me to read at about age 4. I want my little one to be able to read relatively early so she can enjoy the magic of reading:) What is an appropriate age to start or is there an appropriate age?

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Cathrin - posted on 11/19/2009

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Thanks everyone for your imput. MY daughter has just turned two. She can count really well and can recognise numbers but she is not as good with letters or sounds. Perhaps some more reading is in order then:)

Michelle - posted on 11/18/2009

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i'ts going to depend on the kiddo....... first the letters and the sounds of the letters then work on sight words

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My daughter knew all her alphabet by about 20 mos. She recognizes certain words but can't exactly read yet, just memorize some. Now at 25 mos, (after getting down the difference between capitals and lowercases) we're working on what sounds the letters make and she's starting her own handwriting. Mos important is to keep him interested and let him know you're proud of his accomplishments =)

Shirley - posted on 11/17/2009

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There is a dvd that teaches your children to read from as early as the age of 1, the only thing is your child really should understand what they are reading otherwise it is pointless. I agree with Jennifer, get them to recognise letters first and their sounds then move on to double letters like sh and oo etc. My 21 month old knows all the letters of the alphabet and their sounds so now we are moving on to double letters. And when I am reading to her I point to the words as I say them. There is also a series of electronic books with a special pen that when they put the pen over the word the pen reads the word for them ( this allows them to recoginise entire words. The books are called tag books.

Brandi - posted on 11/17/2009

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It starts at an early age (around 6 mos. or whenever they will sit in your lap long enough to read a baby book) I don't know how old your child is, but at any age you can begin to set up a child to love reading. Surround her/him with books. Read them with your child. Let your child look at the pictures and point out the things that interest him/her. My daughter could read all the letters of the alphabet before she was 2 and she is now 3 and a half and is starting to read and sound out 3 and 4 letter words with some help. She is among the top 2 children in her preschool class (the other being her cousin). She loves to read and loves to be read to. I would suggest you use the child's interests to guide you as to when to really begin reading. My daughter LOVED books from the time she was like 3 mos. old. She would sit with me and we would read book after book after book. By the time she was 9 mos. old and could walk, she would bring me book after book after book. She just couldn't get enough. I have a photograph of her literally sitting ON a pile of books when she was about 1 yr old or so. She had sat in front of the shelf and literally "read" every book on it and had them piled all around her. By the time she was 2 she had memorized almost every book she had and would "read" them to you. But every child is different. My son is a mover and a shaker. He loves to run and roughhouse. He has a few favorite books that he brings to me from time to time, and we try to read at least 1 story every night with him (if we can get him to sit still long enough). He doesn't know his alphabet yet (he's 18 mos. old). But he is learning his colors and shapes like a pro. I don't think he's quite as literal as my daughter, but has soooooo many other wonderful qualities. My kids are SOOOOOOOOOO different, but both so smart, just in different ways. Good luck. sorry about the rambling.

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What age depends on the child and the background knowledge they already have. First, teach your daughter to identify the letters of the alphabet and the phonetic sounds they make. My son loved the movie Letter Factory by Leap Frog. That's how he learned his phonetic sounds. He also learned a lot from Word Factory. But, the most important thing you can do is read to her 20 minutes every day. You'll be surprised how much she'll pick up on her own and before you know it she'll be identifying words in her favorite books.

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