3 Tips to Teach Your child How to Read

Learning to read at a young age is important for the development of the child. It helps them develop a better understand of their surroundings, allows them to gather information from printed materials, and provides them with a wonderful source of entertainment when they read stories and rhymes. Children develop at different rates, and some children will develop reading skills quicker than other children; however, what’s important is that as the parent, you are keenly aware of your child’s maturity and reading level to provide them with appropriate books and activities to help them improve.

As parents, you are the most important teacher for your children. You will introduce your child to books and reading. Below we have some tips to help you teach your child to read.

Teach Your Child How to Read Tip #1

Teach your child alphabet letters and sounds at the same time. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are taught the letter names and letter sounds at the same time. In one study, 58 preschool children were randomly assigned to receive instructions in letter names and sounds, letter sound only, or numbers (control group). The results of this study are consistent with past research results in that it found children receiving letter name and sound instruction were most likely to learn the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds. [1]

When teaching your child the letter sounds, have them slowly trace the letter, while saying the sound of the letter at the same time. For example, if you were teaching your child the letter “A”, you would say:

“The letter A makes the /A/ (ah) sound.”

Then have your child say the /A/ sound while tracing the letter with his or her index finger.

Teaching a Child How to Read Tip #2

When teaching your child to read, always emphasize with them that the proper reading order should be from left to right, and top to bottom. To adults, this may seem so basic that anyone should know it. However, our children are not born with the knowledge that printed text should be read from left to right and top to bottom, and this is why you’ll sometimes see children reading from right to left instead – because they were never explicitly taught to read from left to right. When teaching your child how to read, always emphasize this point with them.

Teach Your Child How to Read Tip #3

Teach final consonant blends first. Teaching words such “at” and “and” can lead your child directly to learning words that rhyme with these. For example, for “at”, you can have:

Lat
Pat
Mat
Cat
Sat
Bat
Spat
Chat

For “and”, you can have these rhyming words:

Sand
Band
Land
Hand
Stand
Bland
Brand
Grand
and so on…

You can start teaching blends once your child has learned the sounds of some consonants and short vowel sounds. You don’t need to wait until your child has mastered the sounds of all the letters before teaching blends.

Learning to read is a long process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Broken down into intuitive and logical steps, a child as young as two years old can learn to read, and older children can accomplish even more.

>> Click here for a simple, step-by-step program that can help your child learn to read, and watch a video of a 2 year old child reading

This Chart Shows You When You Should Put Your Kids To Bed

One question my wife and I have always struggled with is what time we should get our little ones to bed.

Go to bed too early, and they goof off, get hyper and never get to sleep. Go to bed too late, and we’ve got grumpy tired kids who can barely make it through the day.

Both my wife and I work, so we want to maximize the time we get to spend with the littles. But we also want to make sure they’re getting the proper amount of sleep so they remain focused and energized for school. We’re definitely not alone.

What The Experts Say About Bedtime

Luckily, Wilson Elementary School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has provided a little chart to help parents out. The chart is based on age and usual wake-up time.

For example, if you have a 5-year-old who has to wake up at 6:15 a.m., she should go to bed at 7:00 p.m. A 10-year-old who gets up at 6:15 could stay up until 8:15 p.m, however. This lines up with American Academy of Pediatrics’ sleep recommendations for kids, which say that kids ages 3-5 should get 10-13 hours of sleep whereas kids 6-12 are OK with 9-12.

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Why Bedtime Matters

This chart has been shared on Facebook over 400,000 times—and for good reason. We know getting enough rest is vital to our kids’ health. Recent research has found that consistent bedtimes and mealtimes reduce the risk of childhood obesity. Furthermore, one study found that putting kids to bed early can even make for a happier familyoverall.

American Academy Of Pediatrics’ Recommendations

Wilson Elementary’s chart doesn’t show the recommended bedtime before age 5, so here’s the full rundown of AAP-approved sleep recommendations:

  • Infants from 4 to 12 months should get 12 to 16 hours of sleep (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years old should get 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • Kids 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 year olds should sleep 9 to 12 hours a night
  • Teenagers should get from 8 to 10 hours of sleep a nightOf course, some kids are bound to be outliers (as one Facebook commenter said about the sleep chart: “Great in theory but not for my little one”).

Still, it can help to have some suggested guidelines to follow.

What Can We Do To Get Our Kids To Bed Earlier?

First of all, researchers say we need to limit before-bed screen time. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the blue light emitted from screens can delay the release of sleep-inducing melatonin, increase alertness and reset the body’s internal clock to a later schedule. Yikes!
To be safe, they recommend a digital curfew that would limit the use of TV, tablets, phones and computers one to two hours before bedtime.

The National Sleep Foundation also recommends a consistent bedtime routine. In our house, this includes a soothing bath and a good book. But whatever you choose to incorporate into your bedtime routine, know that a regular routine can set you and your child up for success. And this can start as early as infancy, so the sooner you can establish a routine, the better!

[THIS CHILD SOOTHING LED PROJECTOR MAY ENHANCE THE SLEEP]

What about you? What time do your kids go to bed?