One of the best ways to teach a child to read is to use both phonics based and sight word based reading programs. DVDs such as Meet the Sight Words are effective in helping children memorize the most frequently used sight words in the primary grades. When used in conjunction with a phonics reading program the level of reading skills developed in young children is tremendous. Here are some tips on teaching your child to read.
- Purchase a DVD that teaches the letters and sounds, such as LeapFrog Letter Factory, and have your child watch the program once a day until he or she can recognize each letter and imitate its sound.
- Do mini-lessons with your child to discuss the vowels -- reinforcing the short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds.
- Use phonics based readers to show your child how to phonetically sound out words. The sentences in the books should be very short. For example, Pam ran; Sam ran; Pam sat; Dan sat; etc.
- Introduce your child to common sight words. Use the Meet the Sight Words DVD program levels 1 through 3. View the DVDs with your child consistently until your child can recognize all the sight words.
- Use Meet the Sight Words books or other books based on the series for reading practice with your child. If your child has learned all the sight words in the Meet the Sight Words DVD set, he or she will be able to successfully read the books that accompany the series. If your child has difficulty reading the books review the sight word DVDs.
If you follow the above tips consistently, You will succeed at teaching your child to read. He or she will have a solid reading foundation to build upon. There are many programs that help teach children to read. LeapFrog is one of the best for learning the letters and sounds. Meet the Sight Words is excellent for learning the most common sight words. You’ll be amazed by the results.
Note: These tips are recommended for teaching reading to children ages 3 to 5, but may be helpful to children of other ages, those who speak English as a second language (ESL – ELL), or for children diagnosed with learning disabilities.