So, you want to teach your child to read.
You want to give him/her a head start.
All your friends’ and neighbors’ kids are already reading and you feel guilty for not buckling down with the ABC flashcards.
You’ve heard that preschool teachers expect the kids to be reading as soon as they walk through the threshold, and you don’t want to let her down, now do you? That could be bad for your little one …
And besides, you believe s/he is ready, because s/he can already recognize the letters of the alphabet.
So, why not?
The short answer is, for the same reasons we don’t push kids to walk before their legs are strong enough to hold them.
Instead of pushing your child prematurely, there are a number of things you can do instead in order to create a solid foundation for reading. As a result, when the time is right, learning to read will come as easily for your little one as sliding down a water slide and with the same amount of laughter too!
Reading is made up of two basic components: the mechanics of reading, aka decoding and comprehension — understanding the meaning of a text.
In order to do both, a reader first of all needs LANGUAGE: vocabulary (words and their sounds and meanings), sentence structure — how words come together, and nuances — meanings that emerge from in between the lines.
Here are some ways YOU, as part of your daily routine, can lay the bricks of literacy for your children.
Reading together is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. And, best of all, it lasts a lifetime.
It’s time to take control of our lives.
It’s Time 2 Lead.
It’s time to THRIVE.
Originally published at medium.com