How I Taught My Child How To Read – 5 Easy Steps
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I know this isn’t an educational blog, but I thought that this bit of information may help someone. For so long I stressed about how my child was going to learn how to read. I had no clue where to start, and felt very overwhelmed by it all. There was no need to wait to teach her, especially since she was giving me all of the signs that she was ready to read.
When I first started, the process was very scattered and all over the place. We didn’t start really making progress with reading until I started doing these 5 steps. I combined phonetic and memory techniques to teach my daughter how to read. It was accidental, but it actually worked out really well. This is how I taught my child to read in 5 easy steps.
How I Taught My Child To Read – 5 Easy Steps
Step 1 -Learn Letter Sounds
Instead of saying the letter name, we would recite the letter sound. We did this until my daughter could say them by herself.
Step 2 – Learn Short Sounds and Blending Vowels and Consonants
The second skill we learned was short sounds and blending vowels and consonants. We did this by going over a chart similar to this.
BA, BE, BI, BO, BU
CA, CE, CI, CO, CU
DA, DE, DI, DO, DU
FA, FE ,FI, FO, FU
GA, GE, GI, GO, GU
HA, HE, HI, HO, HU
JA, JE, JI, JO, JU
KA, KE, KI, KO, KU
LA, LE, LI, LO, LU
MA, ME, MI, MO, MU
NA, NE, NI, NO, NU
PA, PE, PI, PO, PU
QA, QE, PI, PO, PU
RA, RE, RI, RO, RU
SA, SE, SI, SO, SU
TA, TE, TI, TO, TU
VA, VE, VI, VO, VU
WA, WE, WI, WO, WU
YA, YE, YI
ZA, ZE, ZI, ZO, ZU
Step 3 – Sight Words
Once your child has gotten used to reading the above letters and sounds, you can introduce sight words. I did this by going over 5 sight words a week, and adding 5-7 new sight words every week after. I love these sight word flash cards because they have a ring holder to help keep them nice and neat.
Step 4 – Middle Sounds
This next step really helped my daughter put everything she had learned together. We started doing exercises from the McGraw-Hill Readiness book. This book helped her learn her beginning, middle, and end sounds. I also started going over three letter word families with her. This transition was pretty easy after going over the McGraw-Hill Readiness book. You can create your own word family cards using these colorful index card with key ring holders.
After, we were done with that book we went onto this book: The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons. Now, I’m going, to be honest. I didn’t use this book from the start BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER HATES IT! LOL. If your child is big on nice pictures and visuals they probably won’t like this book. However, I do understand that is its whole point of the book, so it doesn’t create “lazy readers”. So now I just use it to help me teach her new reading rules that are hard for me to explain. This is when I also introduced her to early reader books. I did this because she seemed to gain confidence in reading whenever she read these books.
My suggestions are:
I also love Kindle because I can download books for my kids to read. It saves trips to the library and saves money and space.
Step 5 – Bringing It All Together
I started reading the Well Trained Mind and the author suggested audio books. I really didn’t think audio books had a place anymore. However, I have discovered that using audiobooks has increased my daughters reading comprehension and vocabulary exponentially. Try Audible for free and see how your little ones like it.
We choose audiobooks that don’t have music in the background or any sound effects.
I hope these tips help you on your child’s reading journey.
Now You Have Taught Your Child How to Read!