How to teach a kid to read (and make it fun)!
I feel like my daughter is on the verge of reading. She can sound out the letters in words but hasn’t quite grasped putting those sounds together to form the words. She also loves to flip through the pages and tell me what’s going on on each page in her own words which is always a blast to listen to. I googled “how to teach a kid to read” just for fun and I found many helpful tips, most of which we are already implementing into our daily routine. What the tips failed to include were ideas on how to make reading fun.
Tips I Found:
- Identify letters in everyday settings
- Read to your child regularly
- Ask questions during storytime
- Be a good reading example
- Sounding out – help your child sound out words he/she sees everyday
All pretty simply stuff, right? But how can you make it fun? I’m sure this answer is different for every child but for my daughter, she has fun when mommy and daddy make the book fun. We could read her the newspaper and make it fun by being silly and getting her involved. Lately we’ve been reading a book from POW Kids Books author Mark Gonyea called Counting on Letters: From A to Z and 1 to 26 ($10.95). This book combines letters and numbers in an easy-to-follow format. It’s recommended for ages 4-6 but my daughter who just turned three just loves it.