*Strategies for Teaching Beginning Readers*

By Stryder

Reading is the single most important educational skill your children will ever learn. Once they learn to read they can teach themselves anything else. Understanding the organization and meaning of text and instruction in both phonics and whole language literature is essential to helping young children read. By understanding the prerequisite skills for reading, parents can build a solid foundation for their children to learn and succeed, either later in public or non-public school or as a successful home schooled young adult.

How does one go about teaching reading? Think about it – unless you learned to read as an adult most of you do not remember learning to read. Learning that marks on a piece of paper translate to sounds and those sounds can be combined into language to convey meaning for a four-year-old is a VERY tough concept! So... How as a home school parent do you go about teaching reading?

Create Appreciation of the Written Word

Develop Awareness of Printed Language and the Writing System

Teach the Alphabet

Teach Phonological Awareness

Develop Phonemic Awareness

Now Teach the Relation of Sounds and Letters

Teach Children How to Sound Out Words

Teach Children to Spell Words

Help Children Develop Fluent, Reflective Reading

So now you have a beginning reader on your hands. Congratulations! Keep up the good work and keep reading and listening. Bringing up the next generation is a critical job! Now …

Get out and train!


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