Teaching a child to read

Experts advise parents to read to children since birth.  This establishes a strong bond between the parents and the child, and also establish a fun, and comfortable environment for the child to learn.  I have 2 kids.  My boy is 13 years old now, and my daughter is 10 years old.  It has been a long time, and I do not remember what advises that people gave to us regarding when we should start teaching our kids to read, or whether we should do this before they start preschool.  Nonetheless, in preschool, my kids were falling behind.  We had to help them learn to read, and we had some tough time.  I researched some books on how to teach a child to read.  I purchased two books, but end up using just one: “The Reading Lesson”.  This book is wonderful.  It makes teaching your child to read painless and fun.  This book contains 20 lessons with simple step-by-step approaches.

I would also recommend:

  1. Be patient.  There is no need to rush to complete this book.  Take 15 to 30 minutes each day.
  2. Make it fun.  Play games:
    1. Find a word game.  One of the games that I thought of is this find a word game.  I would say “can you find me the word …” and I would give my kid a few seconds to find the word while I move my finger in a circular motion around the page, pretending that I do not already know where the word is, and we would race to see how can find it first.  For me, I was just pretending, but it was fun.  When my kid had a problem finding the word, I would pretend that I found it, point to the word, and make funny sound or face.  Sometimes I made fun of my kid, and sometimes I  cheered myself, but I made it fun.  My kid does the same to me, and we take turn.  I find that this is very helpful.

What other advises or games would you recommend?  You can purchase this book on Amazon.

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