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What is the best way to use the Dr Seuss books to teach readig to a 5 yearold?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:13 PM on Oct. 18, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I don't know how to use that kind of book to teach reading, the best way to teach reading from everything I've heard is phonics, so teach the sounds that all the letters make and then teach the child to start blending the sounds together. That's very basic of course because there are so many irregularities but it's a good start. So I would get a phonics program and then go back to books like Dr. Seuss and have the child try sounding some of the words out.

    Answer by mybella81 at 6:35 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • The best way is for a child to teach themselves.

    Answer by Gailll at 6:49 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Read aloud to your child everyday. Read aloud the Dr. Seuss books with your child on your lap. Let your child enjoy hearing you read and model good reading. Use expression in your voice. Talk about words that rhyme and favorite parts of the story. Talk about other words that rhyme with the words. They can be real words or nonsense words. Don't worry if your child wants to hear the same book over and over. It is comforting and your child is making connections. Don't push reading, just allow your child to enjoy books. Then your child will gain a love for reading.

    Answer by Joyfulone790 at 7:09 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Read out loud for atleast 20 minutes a day. Have your child follow along as you read. Dr. Seuss books are great to learn to read with, the words rhyme and repeat. Any book where the words repeat are great. The "See Jane Run' books are great too.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:26 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Well, assuming they know all the letter sounds already - show them what the end of the words are (Hop on Pop is a good book to start with) - i.e. end of the word in Hop is OP ..Then say, what sound does H make? After they answer show them the word "Hop" and ask them to tell you what that says with the H sound and "op" . Then ask about the P sound. Then have them put it together with P and OP. This book has a lot of words that have similar endings, so it's a good way to work on putting letters and sounds together and seeing how different letters change the sounds and words.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Oct. 19, 2009

  • They way I actually helped mine was to teach him sight words. Put a new one on the fridge every day. Tell him what it is. Have him spell it while looking at it. For example - if the word is "AT". Throughout the day ask him what "A-T" spells, or reverse it and ask how to spell the word "AT." Then read a book at night (an easy one like Dr. Seuss), and if it has the word AT in it, you let HIM read it. Use lots of encouragement.

    Then once he knows like 5 or 6 you can put them together in a sentence. (Then you can be like, you just read your first sentence!)

    You can then use the sight words to show him how to make other words using the sight words, or how a lot of big words are made up of smaller words or have those smaller words in them (I.e. HAT, THAT, CAT).

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:16 AM on Oct. 19, 2009

  • I personally avoided the Dr Suess until he was able to read a little bit on his own already. There are too many words that not words and it was confusing. The others have given some great advice though.

    Answer by Liansmommie at 10:49 PM on Oct. 19, 2009

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