Parents often ask the question ‘how should I teach my child to read?’ as they observe their child’s ability to recognize all the letters of the alphabet or use more advanced vocabulary when communicating. It is important to encourage early reading and creating a love for books and stories among your children.
However, it is also important to remember that children learn and develop at their own pace. Another common debate we hear as early childhood teachers is that children need to be able to sound out words using phonics as this is what makes them good readers later on.While this may be true in some ways, research has shown that developing pre-reading skills consists of more than just understanding letter sounds and how words are formed.
Read on below as we give you an overview of the different pre-reading skills for children based on research and teaching experiences and what you can do as parents to help them read better.
We know that looking at the words 'practice storytelling' you might be thinking, ‘What? Does my child need to write a story already?’ In this case, what we mean is
This means noticing print in the book and understanding that each word on a page represents a spoken word. As a parent:
We know what you are thinking, which stage is phonics at? If my child does not know how to sound out words, how can they even read? Don’t worry, it’s coming up.
This means your child knows the names of things and connecting them to objects, feelings, or ideas. You as a parent can:
At Turtletot, this is achieved by showing and telling where children have the opportunity to bring in something they want to talk about from home.
It means hearing that words are made up of smaller sounds and exploring what these sounds mean.
What can you do as parents?
This is understanding that letters look different from one another and have their own name and sound.
What can you do as parents?
It must be quite overwhelming at first reading all the information at once. However, you will be surprised that many of these you are actually already doing, except there is just a unique name to this particular skill. You definitely do not have to follow this order! Start with what you find the easiest at the end of the day, your child will tell you when they are ready. Trust me, you will know!
If you would like to know more about the way educators build on children’s knowledge and understanding on various literacy concepts, here’s the link to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which is a national curriculum framework educators use to ensure quality and consistency in the delivery of early childhood education programs across all early childhood settings. In particular, Outcome 5 - children are becoming effective communicators where there is a great emphasis on ‘Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts’. (EYLF, p.44).
Happy Reading from the team at Turtletot