Learn How to Teach Your Child to Read As Young As 3 Years Old!
Can My Child Read? More and more parents are asking this question for their pre-schoolers.
Most parents with toddlers and pre-schoolers love to spend quality time reading with their little ones. Then for some reason at some point while listening to them repeat certain words we begin to question whether we could teach them to read. Coupled with them repeating certain words and enjoying the moment we began to attempt to teach them the small three or two letter words.
However this doesn’t work between the ages of 6 months to 2 years old. Because according to certain Researchers most children have not yet formed certain neural connections that allow them to decode printed letters. And then to be able to mentally combine them to make words.
After awhile we tire of the exercise and go back to enjoying reading to them with occasional spurts of pointing out certain words.
When our children start school we want them to be prepared to learn. And one of the main subjects we want them to master is reading. Moreover we feel that by the time they reach 1st and 2nd grade they should have a good grasp of the concept. So when the report card comes home stating he/she is failing their reading subject we gasp with disappointment.
Coupled with wanting to help our son/daughter we add to their frustration of disappointing their parent/s. In addition to our reaction of them failing this subject we question their teacher’s ability to teach our child. Because the thought of our child’s ability to learn is too upsetting. And so we began with a stern action to buckle down and teach our son/daughter to read. At length this causes more frustration for you and them. Because as parents, especially single moms and dads we have so many things to tend to and this is added to that list. Therefore a subtle resentment is felt towards your child and their teacher.
Now this can be enjoyable and even entertaining if we approach it from seeing the challenge through your child’s view.
- One of the modalities I used in helping my child read was to sing certain phrases.
- Another method I used for the 2 and 3 syllable words was to break them down by the syllable and then bring the word together.
- When he/she got the pronunciation correct we would celebrate with singing the whole sentence.
For instance the word communicate, I would break down the syllable com-mu-ni-cate. Then I would explain that the e is silent and that its there only to spell the word.
From my children and the use of different learning programs I’ve learned that some children are right brain learners and others are left brain learners. So what does that mean Victoria? I’m glad you asked. It means that if your child tends to make learning an experience by singing, listening to music and drawing he/she is most likely a right brain learner. Likewise if they can sit there and learn by listening with no added stimuli they are most likely a left brain learner. Equally there are children who uses both spectrum of their brain and they are called geniuses. Because they are able to think in pictures as the right brain learner does as well as grasp concepts as the left brain learner does.
Most children learn to speak from the sounds and gestures we give them. Reading is no different using phonics. Because it lets your child focus on the sounds and then what it looks like. In other words using this method incorporates all the senses of hear, sight, and sound. That being said your child can learn to read to as early as 3 years old.
Not to mention at between the ages of 3-6 they want to show their independence. Not with standing using a phonics program will not only be helping in teaching your child to read it will be entertaining as well for them. In the same manner he/she is allowed to flex their independence.
In conclusion reading is fun to mental. So be sure you and your child is enjoying the experience. Celebrate each and every time he/she gets a word or phrase correct. Let them hold the book, this gets them engaged in the process and raises their self-esteem.