10 Steps to Learning to Read – Tips for Teaching a Child to Read

10 Steps to Learning to Read - Tips for Teaching a Child to Read

Are you trying to teach someone how to read? Reading is one of the most important things a person will learn in their lifetime. Check out these 10 steps to learning to read, so you can teach your child the ins-and-outs of the wonderful world of words.

#1. Alphabet- Before any child can learn how to read, they need to know their alphabet. Spend lots of time singing the alphabet song to help them learn.

#2. Letters- After the alphabet has been learned, it’s time to teach your child about the letters of the alphabet. It’s one thing to be able to sing the alphabet song but another thing to be able to recognize letters.

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#3. Sounds- After the letters are getting recognized, it’s time to start learning the sounds of the vowels and consonants in the alphabet.

#4. Put the sounds together- After your child has mastered the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, you can encourage them to put the sounds together. This is the beginning of learning how to read.

#5. Practice sight words- Once your child has practiced putting those sounds together, have them start practicing sight words.

#6. Start with basic books- Since your child has started the basics in the world of reading, he or she can start reading basic books. There are tons of basic reading books out there that your child can learn to read.

#7. Read to your child- Even though your child is learning to read, you can still read to your child. In fact, you should make this a daily habit.

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#8. Have your child read to you- Once your child has mastered some words, they can start reading to you. There’s nothing sweeter than having your very own child start reading to you.

#9. Let your child ask you questions- Once in a while, okay every other minute, your child will have a ton of questions to ask you about reading. They’ll have questions about the book they are reading or the book you are reading. Try to be patient and answer all of your child’s questions.

#10. Start the writing process- After your child has started mastering reading, they should pick up writing in no time.

Teaching your child these skills is something they’ll be able to take with them for a lifetime. Teaching someone to read does take time and energy, but it’s well worth it in the end.

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    My kids learned in school, but this will surely help homeschooling parents.

  • I learned to read reading Dick and Jane books. There was no such thing as “phonics” back in the old days 🙂 My son learned whole language style too since he just didn’t get phonics at all. My daughter learned with a book called Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

  • These are some surefire ways to get your child ahead in reading. We did some of the same things for our kids!

  • catherine c.

    this are a great article. My son was only two years old i always read for him an story every night before he sleeps. i think when he was at the age of 8 he would loves reading books

  • Elizabeth O.

    What a great way to teach kids to read, and it seems easy too. I learned using books as well, with my mom reading to me side by side.

  • CourtneyLynne

    These are some great tips!! My daughter is still super young, but I can’t wait for her to start readying for herself!

  • I really would like my children to be able to read before they attend school. I believe that this will help them off to a good start. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are awesome tips for teaching your child to read. It is so important for parent to teach their children to read at a young age. Thanks for sharing.

  • katrina g

    great tips! i’m working with my daughter on reading. i’m bookmarking this.

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