Written by contributor Jena Borah of Yarns of the Heart
My little guy was six years old and we had been casually talking about letters and their corresponding sounds. I put a phonics page on my refrigerator and used it as a guide to talk about letters and sounds over a box of cereal every morning.
A month or two later, we were at the library and he noticed a banner on the wall that said “Reading is magic!” It must have been Halloween time. He turned to me and said, “Yes, reading is magic,” and continued playing with the toy train.
What? Did you just read that?
Not every child learns to read as easily as Peter. My daughter was 10 before it started to make sense to her, but all children go through that first stage of learning their letters and sounds.
5 Simple Tips for Teaching Reading
- Read to them daily. Through books they learn which way to turn the pages, the direction of words and sentences, vocabulary, proper grammar, and information about the world.
- Run your finger under the words when you read so they can connect what they hear with what they see.
- Point out words in the world (stop signs, exit signs, food labels) and tell them what they say.
- Provide magnetic letters for the refrigerator. Start with the letters in your child’s name, helping him spell it and learn the letters and sounds. After he masters the letters in his name, move on to the rest, a little at a time.
- Below is a one page guide to letters and sounds. Attach it to your fridge and refer to it while you are eating breakfast–give an impromptu lesson over a cereal box.
One of my favorite reading resources is the Florida Center of Reading Research. Here are links to their K-1 lessons. They are well designed and easy to use.
Just print what you like and you’ll have your own educational learn-to-read activities:
- Letter Identification 43 pages of great activities ready to use
- Letter-Sound Correspondence 115 pages of printable phonics games
Do you have any links to free reading resources?