Learning To Read
Learning To Read
Tiffani Chin (Founder/Executive Director, EdBoost Learning Center) gives expert video advice on: What can I do at home to help my child learn to read?; How can I encourage a new reader to strengthen her skills? and more...
What is "reading readiness"?
Reading readiness can mean lots of different things, but basically it means is your child ready to start reading? Does your child know what the letters are? Does your child know what sounds the letters make and that the letters scrunch together to form words? Does your child know that you read from the left side of the page to the right side of the page, that you go from the front of the book to the back of the book, those kind of really basic things, so that, if they sit down to read, they're there, they're ready for someone to teach them how to do it.
By what age should my child be able to read?
Kids begin to read at all different ages. A lot of people tell you, I was reading at 2 1/2, I was reading at 3. You'll have parents that are distressed if a child isn't reading well by 5. Reading is very developmental. It requires reading readiness, it requires an interest, it also requires the kid to be willing to sit down and focus on something and do something for a while. So kids are going to start to read at different ages. If you've been reading to your kid ever since he or she was a little tiny baby, they are going to start filling in words, memorizing books, by the time they are 2 1/2, 3 years old. It doesn't necessarily mean they are reading, but they have a good sense of how to read and how it works, and they are kind of interested and want to read. At the same time if your child doesn't read by the time they are 6 or 7, doesn't read well, it's often really hard to learn fluency after 6 or 7. So there's that range between 4 and 6 where most kids will begin to read.
What are some "reading games" for K-second grade that can be played at home?
For little kids, if you want to play games with letter recognition and sound recognition, you can just find them, "Where's that letter? Where's that letter? Find that one!". We do with little tiny kids: here's the "Mommy A" and where's her little "Baby A", matching the uppercase and lowercase letters together so they realize that they all fit. In terms of other games, you can always play modified versions of Scrabble, modified versions of Boggle, finding really simple words and putting letters together. Those are really fun if kids are interested in doing them, and then there are reading games on the market. There is "Little Dora". You can get Dora the Explorer reading games, and I'm sure you can ones for other characters. And if kids like them and think they're fun, I think they're a great idea. I wouldn't worry too much if they didn't want to play them, but if they like them, I think they're a great idea.