Have you ever met a mom with truly amazing kids that have their nose stuck in books and secretly wondered what is it that they do?
I know kids who do outstanding work. Are in honors classes, AP classes, IB classes, and do well academically. They are full of energy for learning and are brilliant!
Yet, they struggle with reading.
Not enough time to pick up books. Inconsistent writing skills. They are overworked and insecure about their reading ability and understanding of what is assigned.
The truth is that far too many kids today — have strong negative association with reading books.
There is good reason for that. The well-meaning parents expect them to read for school and then they overdo it with sports and activities at home that there is never any time for leisure reading.
But you know what?
Most parents don’t realize that if they minimize the distractions–TV, DVDs. cell phones, video games, emails, computer, or just the chaos in the home or school… — they will see their kids reading more. And the more these kids read the more their chances of success at school and beyond.
If you really want your kids to get more reading done, then take control of the distractions.
If you don’t, then eventually you will kill their love for reading.
So what’s the secret?
Focus on teaching reading with phonics.
Do you know how to teach kids to read with phonics?
Phonics is the most effective methods for teaching kids to read. Teaching phonics builds a solid foundation for reading. Having a great phonics curriculum ensures your kids will be proficient readers. And if you teach reading with phonics, you don’t need spelling. The ability to read is an important life skill and one that we use on a daily basis without even realizing it. Teaching kids to read is the single most important skills your kids need to learn at school, and parents can also help teach kids to read at home using phonics.
What is phonics?
In Phonics, children learn to recognize the distinct sounds that go together to make up words, in the early stages of reading. There are 44 different word combinations in the English language.
In first grade, we used the Usborne Phonics workbooks to teach basic letter sounds. It comes with stickers to help your child identify the sounds. So in kinder or first grade, you would teach your child to sound out the letter C . C-a-s-l, and then say the word, castle. Or C-A-T and C-O-W.
Now we have Wipe-Clean phonics workbooks so it’s reusable.
When you are teaching your child to read with phonics, you would teach your child to Sound out S and h combination as in sh and the a and r combination by telling him the r controls when it’s next to a, e, i, u and o. So a and r say the r sound.
Phonics allows children to be able to learn to spell the words instead of memorizing them. They are learning the rules that the English language makes. Learning read by memorizing the word by sight means your child won’t be able to recognize the rules and won’t develop the skills needed to decode how to pronounce it. This is why phonics is important.
Read to your kids
Reading aloud to your kids helps develop vocabulary. And the more vocabulary your child has by the time he or she enters kindergarten, the better your child will be. It’s very important that you read aloud at least 30 minutes every day with your child. Even when your child can’t read yet, getting into a reading routine will instill a love for reading. When reading books with your child, read dual readers or just read books that highlight books and have them sound out words.
We read this easy chapter book Hey Jack! by Sally Rippins when Isaac was in Kindergarten. We actually have most of the series. And have read about 20 books all together. I would have Isaac sound out the words in bold. Hey Jack! is a really good series for beginner readers jumping into chapter books and for dyslexics. The book has big letters and it’s short and manageable.
Or you can read the Usborne Reading program. The Very First Reading series together. The first 8 books are to be read aloud with a parent.
For example… You read the words on the left and your child reads the sentence on the right.
Play alphabet games using phonics
Games such as look and see are great for this. Ask your child to look for something starting with “M playing a drum”. Rather than saying the letter name, say the letter sound. This will help your child get used to using phonics before they even start to read.
You can also pop in Preschool prep company and A through I letter sounds and let him learn the letters by repetition. The child will be naming each of the sounds the letters make several times.
A has three sounds as in – a-pple, au-tom, A-te, all-igator
C has two sounds as in – Sircle, Crab, Sity
Using apps to teach phonics
There are various apps to help children learn to read with phonics. But the best one is is Teach your monster to read, which is an interactive program that helps to teach kids to read using phonics. This game makes learning to read fun.
Designed in collaboration with leading academics. There are different levels for children to complete. Your child can create as many monsters as he wishes and is able to skip levels at any time depending on the level of your child.
Complements all synthetic phonics programs used in schools. without realizing they are learning. The kids absolutely love this game – and they’re learning!
Using Usborne Books to Teach Kids to Read
If you are teaching kids to read, or searching for different methods, using our books is the most effective. Our Phonics readers allows kids to develop their decoding skills in order to learn new words more easily and become fluent readers.
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