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.
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.
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. Happy reading!!