Should parents teach their children to read, and if so how can they do it in an enjoyable manner? There is a very strong emphasis on children learning to read these days. Learning to read begins well before your child is even able to speak. What we teach our children early in their lives about our relationship with reading and books will directly affect how well your child will learn to read.
Parents that place a strong emphasis on reading raise good readers. There is much to learn about written language from books, and as you read to your child regularly, they will more easily pick up the flow of written language thereby making them better readers.
Introducing language in its written form by reading to your child early in their life is one of the most important steps parents can take in raising good readers. Children that are not read to tend to struggle much more when learning to read because they are not familiar with the language of books.
There are easy ways to teach your child to read. The cleverest way of teaching children to learn the sounds of the letters as well as the phonemes is through the use of pictures. By using pictures to first introduce the sounds it is much easier for a child to remember the rules and the sounds on the letters.
When we teach children to read we can actually teach them to read through the use of pictures before we introduce the letter or letters. This is a natural and easy way for children to learn to read.
The way this is done for example would be to introduce a picture of an apple to your child. Explain to your child that this is an apple and the beginning sound of the word apple is the short a sound. Every time you see the apple card, you make the short a sound. On the opposite side of the apple card is the letter A.
In this way you can easily switch back and forth from pictures to actual letters to easily teach your child all the sounds. You then introduce other letter sounds through pictures. Once your child knows a few sounds from the picture cards you can begin teaching them to blend sounds using the picture cards initially.
When your child is ready you can then use the letter side of the cards. If at any time your child forgets the sound of the letters, you can flip them over and let the picture determine the sound for your child. You will find that by using this method your child can easily learn to read words within the first few lessons.
The best reading program that I have found to teach children to read is called Fundamentals. This program relies on the use of pictures to introduce and enforce the sounds of the letters which are necessary in order to learn how to read.