I decided to take the challenge to write about reading. I think every parent should make sure their children can read. As I believe reading is an important tool and skill to use throughout life.
If the parent has trouble reading. The parent should get a tutor or help through the school to help teach their child to read.
My oldest son loves to read now. When he was in elementary school, he had a hard time learning to read. By the time he was in fourth grade, he was behind in his reading skills. He could not read but maybe a few words.
It took me a few years of complaining my son was falling behind because he could not read, to get the resources I needed to help my child learn how to read. As the internet and computers wasn’t available in most homes. Like they are nowadays. I started working with him one on one at home and taught him how to read. As I realize he was slipping through the cracks at school. As he was pushed aside.
My son could write and recognize the letters of the alphabet. Putting them together was a struggle. Sometimes he mixed his letters up when trying to spell. He got tested to make sure he did not have any cognitive or other disabilities.
8 Ways To Teach A Child To Read
- I took a tub and filled it with water. I had my son trace the letters of the alphabet over and over. Till we moved on with words.
- I drained the tub of water and filled it with sand. I had my son write the letters of the alphabet in the sand. Then proceeded with words.
- I bought a window screen. I had my son trace with his fingers the letters of the alphabet over and over. Words came next. I always started with writing his name.
- I read my son two books a night. I had him repeat the words back to me. Till he was able to read the book back on his own.
- My son would sound out words when I held up on a card. At first I would place similar word cards back to back like a game. When he learned those. I would mix them up to see if he could say the words without similar ones to help him.
- I started labeling everything around the house he would use. I would have my son say the name of the item. As well as spell it out before using it.
- In a vehicle, we would play a game called what do you see. It is played by someone saying what do you see with the letter A. My son would have to find something with the letter A. We would do this with the entire alphabet. If he got a letter right. He was able to ask me.
- That game transformed in to spelling what you seen starting with a letter of the alphabet as he learned to read.
I am no teacher. Only a parent that has a love for reading and books. I wanted my children to know the joys of curling up with a book and reading it. I was able to teach my son how to read. Something the school failed to do. Do I deserve a medal or some kind of recognition? No, the joy of knowing my son can read is all the payment I need.