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How did you teach your child to read?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:00 PM on Jul. 15, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I read to them. I showed them the letters and the words. We sounded out each letter. It was a process.
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 5:02 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • Phonics Pathways. It's a 30 dollar book that was well worth every penny.
    Petie

    Answer by Petie at 5:02 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • My dd is 3 and she just started all on her own. She reads whole words, no sounding out. I am not sure how, we never pressured her. We have just read to her since she was born, all the time ;)

    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 5:05 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • Constantly read to them, even in the grocery store or in the car. Sound out each letter in the word, and explain what sounds they make. Then when he was sounding out words, we would say each letter sound separately, then blend it together to make the word. After he was able to do that, he was expected to sound them out in his head. And read the same things over and over again. Get him used to common, age appropriate words so that he can read them by sight.
    Mom1Stepmom1

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 5:08 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • read to them. Watch programs like Sesame Street & Reading Rainbow.
    motherofhope98

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 6:03 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • There are quite a few books available that have step by step methods in them. The most critical thing is that he understand the letter sounds. Anyone can learn to memorize what a few words look like and good readers do just "sight-read". But beginning readers need to learn to sound out the words, learn to recognize similarites in words in order to become good readers. Kids who learn to sight read first tend to top out early - there's a reason that the average English reader reads at an 8th grade level but the average Japanese reader tops out at 4th grade. We have a system to figure out unfamiliar words (phonics). The "pictorial" languages do not.

    Pick a good book that is phonics based and help him out with short simple lessons:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=teach+your+child+to+read
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 6:07 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • I GOT BOOKS THAT HAD tAPES OR CD WITH IT. AND HAD HER FOLLOW ALONG' AND NOW SHE LOVES TO READ AND IS A SUPER READER.
    incarnita

    Answer by incarnita at 4:06 PM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • he learned phonics from the leapfrog fridge letters and lots of reading and phonics games we played with him, then we started with readers that focus on CVC words with a single short vowel sound "the cat sat on the mat"
    from there, though, it was a blur, and he just GOT it. I only remember telling him that i-g-h-t says "ite" but not much else that between the easy readers and his reading fluently.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 5:44 PM on Jul. 17, 2009

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