Reading is the foundation of all learning. But before you can run, you need to learn to stand and walk. Letter recognition is the foundation of the foundation.
Kindergarten used to be the place where students learned all this, if parents weren’t working with their kids before hand. However, if students enter Kindergarten without these skills, they will already be behind. Students in Kindergarten are reading by the second semester.
You can read more about the reading process in my free ebook – Education After the Collapse. But you can also get some good advice in the article below.
The first step in learning to read is letter recognition. If you can remember life before this skill, you will recall that letters were once mysterious symbols that everyone seemed to understand but you. Once you learned your alphabet and letter sounds, you, like most children, probably felt elated as you began to crack the code of the written word. Relive that excitement as you teach your own child letter recognition, and begin to build pre-reading skills using these delightful activities.
- Use The Pointer Method – When it comes to teaching, sometimes the old ways are the best ways, such as singing the alphabet with your child as you point to each letter. Do this each day, and soon the letters will be easily identified. To test, after a week or so ask the child to use the pointer to point out specific letters. After three to four weeks, add the phonetic alphabet song after the regular one by singing the letter sounds to the same tune as the alphabet song while you point.
- Play With Flash Cards – Another tried and true teaching method is the flash card game. To add a fun twist, let your child keep each card he correctly identifies. You keep the ones he gets incorrect. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins! Once the letters are mastered, have the child identify the sound of each letter. You can also play a game of memory with the flashcards, matching capital to lowercase letters.
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