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Learning to Read

Reading Make it a Habit

Reading is a great habit and one that you can start early. Read to your children everyday, from the day they are born. When they begin to read let them read to you as well. This helps them develop reading skills and allows you to spend some quality time with your child. With today's hectic schedules it may seem impossible to schedule reading time. It is not only important for your child today but it is important for your child's future. Pick 15 minutes before bedtime, a wonderful way to relax before sleep. Choose the time just before or just after dinner or breakfast. Your child will not only have 15 minutes of your time but you'll have 15 minutes of time with them. That is the most precious gift of all. Invest just 15 minutes in your child's development and future, you'll both profit.

Take your time, you don't have to finish the book in one sitting. Take the time to enjoy reading. While you read, take time to look at the pictures in the books or magazines. Talk about the pictures and name the objects. You can also make up your own stories about the pictures. Once your child begins to talk have them tell you a story about a picture. Exercise their creativity and imagination. These simple activities help make reading fun and exciting.

How to Tell Your Child is Ready to Learn to Read

Some of the signs your child is ready to learn to read are they recognize letters, they enjoy looking at books on their own, they like to write and are pretending to read. Many children will naturally begin to learn to read, they most likely recognize several signs. Whether it is the M of McDonald's, the word "Men" or "Women" on restroom doors, "Enter" or "Exit",  point out the signs to your child. This informal type reading is important and a milestone in their development. Reading is a combination of many skills; shape recognition, visual perception, language, and memory are the main ones. These skills develop over time and instead of forcing a young child let them proceed at their own pace. Provide them with tools they need, be involved and take an active role in their development but keep it fun. Some children will be ready to read before kindergarten and others later. Be proud of what your child accomplishes and encourage them and they will succeed.

It is important to not push your child to read, but to foster enthusiasm for reading. Read what they are interested in. You want to provide them educational experiences and material but it also has to be entertaining. They should enjoy their childhood and have fun.

Phonics and Phonic Reading Programs

Many reading programs are successful because they are fun. They combine learning with practice and fun. Programs like Hooked on Phonics are both fun and effective and teach reading with phonics. Teaching with phonics is proven to be effective. Phonics is the association of letters, their sounds and word formation. A reading program allows a child to proceed at their own pace and challenges without frustrating them. Provide them with opportunity, tools and materials, encourage them and they will succeed. Educational gifts can be a lot of fun and can help your child develop good reading skills.

Hooked on Phonics has a variety of affordable educational programs appropriate for ages 3 and up, including middle school students. These various programs cover phonics, and learning to read, comprehension, math, study techniques and more.

Additional Aids for Learning to Read