9 Ways to Teach your Child How to Read!

9 Ways to Teach Your Child to Read

 As an elementary school teacher, I have experienced the joy of seeing kids learn to read from the basic steps of letter identification all the way to reading novels. One of the best things that a family can do to help is engage in the process! In teaching my own children how to learn to read, I have used several different resources and strategies and wanted to share my top tips on how to help your kids as well!

Tip #1 Get creative together!

Making a teaching tool is a fantastic way to engage with your child and get them excited to learn. I make a lot of my own tools and this one for word families is easy to make and will cost you only pennies! Word families help to build rhyming skills and shows patterns for spelling.

Word Family Pratice

Here’s what you’ll need:

Paint samples from home improvement store
Hole Punch
Key ring or Book Ring
Laminator (optional)
Scissors or Paper Trimmer
Markers or White board markers

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To begin with, trim off any words that are on the paint sample, then write a word family on the top section color. (You can laminate the paint samples if you would like to have them for multiple practices.) To begin with, work on one word family until your child is confident with it and move on to the next one. Here are the ten word families that I chose to start with: _an, _at, _et, _ip, _op, _un, _eat, _ake, _end, & _ight.

Next, use the hole punch to put a hole at the top of each card, then put them on the ring, and you’re done! If you laminate your cards, use a white board marker and then re-use the cards. If you choose not to laminate the cards, you can add multiple cards on to the ring after each practice…perfect for looking back to see all of the work that has been done!

 

Tip #2: Read to them!

I know you’ve heard this before, but it’s so important! This is one of the best things that you can do for your child in the reading process, and it’s great for so many reasons. They hear the flow of reading, watch you turn pages, read from top to bottom, and even learn how to hold a book. *And a bonus, snuggle time is great! 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite books to read to my kids:
Bear Wants More
The Giving Tree
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
First 100 Words
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Tip #3: Have them read to you!

Even if they are not reading yet they can look at the pictures and make up their own story. Or, if you’ve read the story several times they will begin to tell the story back to you in the correct sequence. For example, Goodnight Moon is an ideal book for the kids to point out and “read” about what they are saying goodnight to.

Tip #4: Go to the Library

The library is a perfect frugal resource for your kiddo. Look for free classes that you can do together, or just pick a cozy spot on the floor and read together. My kids love going to library and are actually disappointed if we miss it one week on our regular day (not even kidding!) 🙂 And a huge plus to this is that it keeps all of you away from electronics for a few minutes! It is so important that kids, young and old have a little time away from those devices!

Tip #5: Find resources online

There are several websites that you can use as a resource for early reading skills. Starfall.com is one of my personal favorites. You can also find preschool programs online that you can subscribe to. I personally use  ABCMouse for my kids and I love it! You can score a great deal on a monthly subscription right now too!

Check out my review of ABCMouse here!

Tip #6: Find a topic they like

This is especially important as they get older. There are times that I struggle to get my oldest son to read even though he’s a proficient reader. The turning point for me was finding topics that he wants to read and learn more about. We started with books about dinosaurs, big rig trucks, the solar system, and currently he enjoys learning about the Revolutionary War and colonial history.

Or for something a little more light, This Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids is a book that we got him for Christmas and he LOVES it! It’s a fun book to get them engaged and provided hours of entertainment!

Tip #7: Incorporate Games in to the Learning

Learning how to read can be so much fun when you bring in a game that they won’t even realize you’re trying to reinforce the learning. 🙂 Here are three of my favorites, but there are so many more!

Big Boggle – $14.99

Big Boggle is a fun game for kids of all ages, and it works really well as kids are learning to read. Use the timer, or leave it in the box and work together to find three letter words or more based on your child’s skill level. This is also a fun one for family game night as the kids get older.

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Quiddler – $8.49

Quiddler is a fantastic game for early readers because you can adjust the game to easier or harder word combinations based on skill level. We play this in our family with our third graders as well as our Kindergartner and adjust each person’s goal for the game. This is a great price for this game and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a fun way to incorporate learning in to family game night.

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Spot It! Alphabet – $13.94

This game is perfect for any child learning how to recognize and say their ABCs. The game consists of dozens of cards with different letters all over them. Each card will have 2 matching letters. The child will need to recognize which letters match and then say them! Soon they will not only be able to recognize letters but also will learn all of their names.

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Tip #8: Find the right level for your child and start there.

Often, kids will become frustrated with learning to read if the material they are reading is too difficult. And at the same time, they will get completely bored with the book if it is way under their reading level. Find the correct level and start there to build on what they already know and keep their interest. One of the ways that I was able to identify my child’s reading level was with Bob Books.

Bob Books

Bob Books

I love the simplicity of the Bob Books for early learners.  These are books that are targeted to help kids learn to read. They are tailored for specific levels and help kids master the skills the need to in the order necessary. My daughter started on these and we work together then she spends time reading it independently. I highly suggest these!

Set 1: Beginning Readers – $10.25
Set 2: Advancing Beginners – $9.60
Set 3: Word Families – $11.89
Sight Words: Kindergarten – $9.48

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Tip #9: Be the Example

Kids are watching everything we do, and that means if we want them to enjoy reading and learning, we have to set the tone. Grab a good book for yourself, cuddle up together and spend an hour reading! I remember as a kid that my mom and I would spend a lazy day Sunday reading books…it was wonderful! What is your favorite book? I love anything by Dee Henderson, and just checked out the first book in the Hunger Game series (I know, I know…WAYYY behind!)

What do you do to help your kiddo with reading? I would love to hear your ideas and creative projects!

Lastly, I also wanted to share this Laminator I got for Christmas. I LOVE IT! 🙂 It’s perfect for home use, and I already have a list of things planned for it. Think of all the reading activities you could make with this!!
  •  Laminates items up to 9 inches wide
  • Two roller system with two temperature settings
  • Small enough to keep at home
  • Will laminate something up to 5 mil. thick
  • Super easy to use

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Comments

  • diane

    You helped me see that I was on the right track, thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to hear more of your ideas.

  • Nancy

    English is my 3rd language so is not perfect pronunciation. I feel really frustrating trying to help my girl to read, so she is frustrating too. I tried many different resources but I still NOT helping her as I will like it. She is on p-k do you have more tips you can share with me, please? Thanks

  • Mindy Zobell

    I have used the book ‘Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons’ by Siegfried and Engelmann, with 3 of my kids and have loved it! I am always amazed at how fast they start learning the sounds and reading actual sentences.

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