Read To and With Your Child

  • Teaching your child to read starts well before they know letters from numbers or even which part of the book is the front or back.

    It’s true!

    Babies & Toddlers

    Teaching a child to read starts by reading to them… as babies, as toddlers. Read them story books with pictures. Let them help turn pages. Point at words sometimes as you read.

    This sparks their interest in books and stories. It helps them build vocabulary. It teaches them the fundamentals of where a book starts and ends, reading from left to right, that letters put together on a page make words and mean something.

    You can also start good comprehension practices that will be critical as your child starts reading on their own and will help set them up to get the most out of their reading for the rest of their lives.

    Preschoolers (Age 3-4)

    Now you can start really prepping the runway for your child to become an amazing reader. Use the time to playfully introduce the idea of letters, the alphabet, and the sounds each letter makes. I start with letters that have the most significance to them (ie. the first letter of their name) and build from there.

    Once your child knows a good number of their letter sounds, you are ready for the next HUGE step… putting them together to make words.

    Ready to Read (Usually Ages 4-6)

    Sometimes kids know enough letter sounds to start playfully putting them together and begin reading at age three. A couple of my kids did this. Others weren’t ready until age four and trying to push them before they are ready can be counterproductive.

    As soon as your child is ready, it’s time to start sound stacking or blending, as it is often called. We start putting those sounds together to build words that actually mean something.



    Copyrite: Amy and the Reading Team at Planning Playtime