Teaching your child to read can be tricky when you don’t necessarily know what to do first.
I often get asked from readers what they should work on first.
To be honest, I’ve always worked on letter recognition first with my kids. However, I have been told (repeatedly) from teachers that they should be learning letter phonics first. I find this very hard to do if the child doesn’t know the letter, so I’m learning to pair these goals together. Plus, phonics activities are hard to come by (and hard to come up with)!
3 Quick Steps to Get Your Child Started Reading:
- Learn letter sounds with phonics activities, phonetic awareness (and couple it with letter recognition, you can find 20 activities for kids just learning their letters here)
- Read to your child, a lot!
- Get them started ‘reading on their own’ with Reading Rainbow Skybrary.
Of course, there are more steps to reading than this, such as book awareness (turning pages, reading left to right, front and back of book, and so on), being a good reading role model, asking your child questions about what you’re reading (comprehension), rhyming, sight words and so on.
However, these are the 3 steps to focus on as a parent. The rest will kind of fall into place as they start school. Of course, you can work on all of them, but I want to get you started in the right direction.
To start, let’s explore some activities that focus on letter sounds, or phonetic awareness.
Step 1: Start with phonics activities to help your child learn to read.
Step 2: Read aloud to your child, a lot!
There are lots of reasons for this. Point to the words as you read them. Whether it’s with your finger or something fun (like a feather or a bubble wand).
It helps kids know that every word on the page matches a word that’s being read.
Step 3: Get kids reading on their own.
How do you do this when your child isn’t able to read yet?
Put the books in your child’s hands and they are in control of what they read and how they read it. They can also choose to follow along or read by themselves. This builds their confidence in a big, big way!
This is the brilliance of Reading Rainbow Skybrary!
Each book comes equipped with a “Read to Me” or “Read by Myself” feature and dozens of interactive animations that bring the stories to life. This makes the books truly interactive and ‘hands-on’.
When you child ‘checks out’ a book, they can choose between “Read to Me” or “Read by Myself”. What I love the most is that they can switch mid-book. If they’re reading alone and find they are struggling with a word, they can switch to “Read to Me” for that page only. Your child can build confidence and develop reading independence at their own pace.
Why your child will love Reading Rainbow Skybrary to Get Started Reading:
Kids can pilot their own personal hot air balloons through 7 magical islands. Each island has hundreds of quality books and videos that celebrate diversity, family and the world around us.
They can explore the world on over 250 educational Video Field Trips. From nature excursions to space explorations to globe-trotting adventures. Host LeVar Burton guides them through a seemingly endless array of fun and fascinating learning journeys.
Skybrary features interactive animations that add to the fun, and help with reading comprehension. You will reward your young reader’s natural curiosity and sense of discovery.
They get unlimited access to over 600 high-quality books—from classics to award winners to undiscovered gems. Each one has been hand-picked by celebrated authors and publishers.
Receive new books and videos every Friday and discover new book recommendations each week.
With Skybrary Family, your child can Go Anywhere and Be Anything — right from your preferred device!
Why you will love Reading Skybrary to Get Your Child Started Reading
- Skybrary keeps them safe in a secure, kid-friendly environment that we can trust as parents.
- You can create customized profiles for up to 3 children. Plus, you’ll only need one login for multiple kids to use the service. And you can sign into Skybrary on any of your devices.
- You will be able to track your child’s progress with our easy to use Parent Dashboard. See which books they are reading and how much time they are spending in the app. Plus, get book recommendations tailored to your child’s age and interests.
- Plus, the folks at Reading Rainbow want to give your family a one-month free trial to navigate through the islands of discovery.
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