Learning to read is a process, and an evolution, and in today’s busy world, it can be overwhelming for both parent and child. Which is why we are huge fans of No Time for Flashcards‘ Allison McDonald. As she reminds us, there are simple things you can do to help your child along the way – and help YOU enjoy the journey. Here are a few of our favorite tips:
- Read to your child. Cozy, cuddled up, reading together time models reading as an enjoyable, rewarding pastime. Many adults will recall their parents reading to them as a favorite memory of childhood.
- Play the “I Spy” game with letters and sight words as you go about your day. “I spy a giant T” as you walk into Toys R Us, for example.
- Use the gift of books as a reward early on. First time your child makes his or her bed? Why, that’s a perfect excuse to go buy a new book! Even better when he or she gets to pick the book.
- Let your child see you reading.
- Draw pictures together and then have your child dictate a story to you, to write under the picture. You can then go back to the story, and help your child read it aloud.
Learn more at 50 Ways to Teach Your Kid To Read