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Useful resources for teaching your child to read

When your child is ready to read, these are the resources you'll want to have on hand.
When your child is ready to read, these are the resources you'll want to have on hand.
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Your little one is anxious to become a reader, but teaching her can feel like an overwhelming task. How can you help her understand how to turn those squiggles on the page into sounds, words, stories and books? It will take patience and dedication, but with a few good resources on your side, you'll find that learning to read is a process that both of you can handle and even enjoy.

Ready, Set, Read! By Janet Chambers: Prepare your child for reading by teaching letter names and sounds. Chambers presents themes, projects, picture books and hands-on fun that teach and reinforce letter names and sounds.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann: This volume of progressive daily lessons is designed for parents to use with children. Students start by learning to recognize letter shapes as sounds and are reading full stories by the end of the book.

Very First Reading: This 15-book set progresses children through very early reading skills to get them ready for reading higher-level books. The first seven books in the series are designed for parents to read together. The adult reads the text on the left page, and the child reads the text on the right page. By book eight, kids are ready to tackle the whole story on their own.

Starfall.com: From first letter practice to easy reader tales to fluency practice, Starfall.com has interactive computer activities that engage children in literacy fun. Many of the site's resources are available for free.

Phonics Readers: Focus on phonics skills with the books in Usborne's Phonics Readers series. Each book's fun pictures and rhyming text help children practice a particular sound, such as "ow," " ox" or "ee."

Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems: Not every book marketed as an easy reader can actually be tackled by a new reader. These funny stories about Piggie and Gerald are an outstanding exception to the rule. Not only are they fun books, but they'll also build your child's confidence in his reading skills.

Homeschool parent, you have the privilege of guiding your child into reading. It's amazing to watch the process as it all comes together for your young one and you realize that she really, truly has become a reader.