My oldest is starting second grade reading this year and we are using All About Reading. It is are second time around with this curriculum and as I prepared to organize it, I started to think about how I taught her to read.
Teaching your child how to read is a major priority as you begin homeschooling. Especially if you are just starting out, you may want to know where to even begin and how to teach reading.
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My oldest was born ready to read. She started memorizing board books at age two and was reading by sight around the same time. She advanced to being able to phonetically read by age 3. Looking back it was important that she desired to read. It is one of the first signs that I knew she was ready to read because she led herself to do it.
You can encourage reading readiness just by simply reading everyday to your pre-readers.
Developing Pre-reading Skills
The basics of pre-reading skills is this:
All About Reading Pre-reading is a resource to help get your child up to reading readiness. You can also use the All About Reading Letter Tiles App to teach phonics. The Letter Tiles App has a display button for each letter and when your child touches it, it makes the letter sound. As your child advances it has buttons for vowels and consonants teams for letter blending sounds.
To teach letter recognition try this Fabric Alphabet activity that can easily be turned into a handicraft.
How To Read
Once a basic understanding of letter recognition and phonics is established your child can progress by blending letter sounds together. Then proceed by adding in sight words. We began with the sight words from All About Reading Level 1. After an introduction to the new set of sight words my oldest would then practice at random times each day. Following each reading lesson my oldest would put together what she had learned and read a short story from the reading books that came with All About Reading Level 1.
You can watch a video of reading results here: Reading Video
It’s important to note that teaching your child to read is best done by approaching it phonetically and by sight.
Whenever I had a question or felt I needed extra guidance, the parent instructions in All About Reading had it covered. Using this program makes teaching reading smooth and easy all while building a solid foundation in reading for your child.
Are you ready to teach your child to read?
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All About Reading Video Preview: All About Reading Level One Video Preview