Teach your Child to read

alphabet chart

How to teach your child to read?

You can teach your child to read by flashing black and white index cards- saying only the sound of each letter. Use the short vowel sounds and do not say letter names. In order for a child to learn how to read they need to learn how to sound out each letter. You can introduce letter names later on, that is the easy part. Create your own flash cards by taking index cards and using a black marker to write lower case letters. Using a black marker on white index cards creates contrast that children can see and recognize better. Using lower case letters to start off is important because lower case letters are more frequent in reading.


Flash the cards once a day. It should not take more than 1 minute to go through  all of them.  It is recommended you sit the child on a high chair, car seat, baby seat while teaching the sounds since babies and toddlers have short attention spans. I started teaching Jade letter sounds at five months and by one and a half she was reading two and three letter words. By two years old she was reading decodable books such as the Bob’s books. Once your child learns the letter sounds A-Z now you can start blending two and three letter words. See chart below for beginning blends. Then you can move on to reading Bob’s books, then finally a phonics primer, my favorite is Alpha Phonics to teach all 44 sounds of the English language systematically.


Jade practicing blends

You can also place an alphabet chart in the bathroom or in a place they frequently go to such as their bedrooms. You can enforce letter sounds when they go to the bathroom and are sitting there for a while or next to their beds before they go to bed.

Download free alphabet chart I made

With less than two minutes a day you can teach your child to read! Always remember to read to your child each day to instill a love for reading and to build their vocabulary. After the child learns all letter sounds they can start blending two and three letter words. .

Happy reading!!

See my FULL instructional video on how to teach your child to read phonetically

5 thoughts on “Teach your Child to read

  1. Hi There

    I am living in Kuwait, i am an indian and my son is now 18 months old. I have been trying to teach him phonetics but he doesn’t show interest. he has not started talking or addressing me as mummy daddy or any particular word

    How do i create or instill interest?
    it is bit tough to get him attentive.
    Thank you

    1. Make it fun! I used to use puppets and dolls, change my voice, and all sort of stuff Jade liked. Put him on the high chair when flashing sounds. It should not take more than one minute a day to teach phonetics. I would keep him away from television and Ipads until he turns two atleast and then minimize it to just one hour because that can have an affect on attention span and speech. Talk to him alot, play audio books, read to him and have fun! He is still young I think everything he is doing is totally normal for his age. Hope this helps.
      Jady A.

  2. yea i usually use my mobile apps to get him attentive..he loves to watch n listen nursery rhymes
    Ill try the method you have mentioned


  3. Hi
    My daughter 2 years and 9 months is very active. She sings lots of rhymes, has gud vocabulary. The problem she doesn’t identify alphabets or numbers. She can count and she can sing the alphabet song but doesn’t identify. Plz suggest

  4. Hi Jady,

    My daughter is.4 months old. I started using flash cards at 3 months and have been reading to since she was 2 months. Would It confuse her if I start teaching sign language at 6 months?

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