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5 Things you can do to help your Child learn to Read

5 Things you can do to help your Child learn to Read

5 Things you can do to help your child learn to read: By Lauren Hunt at Teacher Types

Learning to read can come naturally to some children, whereas others find it more difficult. Every child is different. But there are things that you can do at home to help them. Your child’s teacher will no doubt be doing their very best at school, however educating young children is a partnership between school and home. Here are five things parents can do to help their child learn to read:


It may sound obvious, but this is where it all begins. Read the same books over and over, read books about topics your child is interested in, give new books for birthdays and Christmases… Make it part of your routine, not just at bedtime but anytime of day!

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2.  There are 3 key puzzle pieces to a child learning to read.

Understand them and focus on the area your child needs help with.
  • Alphabet knowledge. It is vital that children know the letters of the alphabet, in particular the sounds that they make, rather than the names of the letters. This will make it easier for them when they attempt to sound out a word (e.g. c – a – t rather than C – A – T)
  • Sight word knowledge. The English language is a tricky one for little people. Words like ‘was’, ‘they’ and ‘said’ are difficult to read simply by sounding them out, so it’s helpful for children to memorise them by sight.
  • Understanding of print. Learning to read involves knowing that print moves from left to right, words make up sentences, pictures help to predict the text etc… Encourage your child to point to each word (or you can point for them), talk about what you are reading, discuss the pictures and model these early reading habits when you read aloud to your child.

3.  Look for words, letters and print in your environment.

Help your child realise the purpose of reading in every day life. Read the shopping list, labels on products at the shop, road signs, magazines etc… You’ll be amazed at what they can learn and it helps them understand their world.

4.  Visit the local library – OFTEN!

Libraries are a valuable resource for families. Not only can you borrow a number of books as often as you like, but libraries usually offer early reading programmes for young children. Encourage your child to borrow books about topics they are interested in to give them ownership of their reading. Look for early readers with simple words and short sentences to help them get started.

5 Things you can do to help your Child learn to Read by Teacher Types - Learning to Read Kids Reading Parenting Mummy Blogger


5. Reading should be a JOY…

…instead of a chore. If your child is bringing a reader home from school every night and hearing them read feels like you are pulling teeth, then stop and reevaluate the situation. Talk to your child’s teacher for some strategies to make this time more enjoyable for you both. Half the battle of learning to read is that the child should WANT to read. Better yet, instil a love of reading in your child before they start school and it’ll set them up for later years.

5 Things you can do to help your Child learn to Read by Teacher Types - Learning to Read Kids Reading Parenting Mummy Blogger

Five Books Great for Early Readers

  • Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Spot Books By Eric Hill
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr
  • “That’s Not My…” Series of books.

Thank you so much to Lauren for submitting this informative post to #MyFiveThings!  Lauren is a Mummy and Teacher from Adelaide SA.  She blogs over at where parents and teachers of young children can be inspired by parenting stories and early learning activities.

You can follow Lauren on Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.

5 Things you can do to help your Child learn to Read by Teacher Types - Learning to Read Kids Reading Parenting Mummy Blogger
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  1. Emma @ Life, kids and a glass of red
    / 8:34 pm

    We are book CRAZY here! Love reading :) We point out words to our kids when we’re out and about and encourage them to read or even just flick through books every day. Love Where Is The Green Sheep (although it does drive me batty after the 15th read in a row), also love Noni The Pony.

    • / 10:39 am

      Ooh I need to get those two! We love reading as well :) x

  2. Catherine @ Parentinn
    / 10:33 pm

    I actually did all these things and more. If they are not going to read, they are not going to read. It’s really that plain and simple. Just don’t beat yourself up about it. Eventually, they may pick up a book.
    We’ve also found that audio books, ebooks can also be beneficial to foster a love of reading. My Emily just loves listening to them.

  3. Tracey @ Champagne Days
    / 7:50 pm

    I love this. I grew up in a reading family and as a child I loved to read anything – even the side of the cereal box at breakfast. To this day reading is a huge part of who I am, even with a small human to look after I need to read for my sanity. I love that my son is growing up around books and I buy a lot for him. We are moving into dinosaur and bear territory these days but he still picks out Green Sheep every now and then. The far sheep is his favourite, personally I like to channel the sheep lying in bed reading. He’s my favourite.

    • / 2:11 pm

      Oh that’s so lovely and I’m from the same kind of reading family. I loved books through my childhood and really trying to pass that on to our kids :) x

  4. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    / 5:46 pm

    Totally going to bookmark this post! We read to Zach a lot but I sense that it’s going to be something he needs help with. He’s doing really well with his alphabet now so we need to try and take it onto the next level. The problem with him is, is that he already thinks that learning is a chore so we have to pick our time wisely. I’m hoping that when I’m off on maternity leave, I’ll have a bit of time to focus on this with him to help get him ready for school next year! Brilliant feature Mim and brilliantly written by Lauren ???? xx

    • / 11:43 am

      Thanks lovely and I think your mat leave will be perfect timing for it too :) x

    • / 2:41 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Lisa. Best of luck with your maternity leave!

  5. / 4:55 pm

    Thanks for featuring me on your blog Mim :) I hope some of your readers get some good tips to try with their little ones :)

    • / 6:56 pm

      I just love your post – thank you for sharing it with us! x

  6. RachelSwirl
    / 9:02 am

    We read every day to both of our children, I also taught my son the letterland scheme, he is now a very good little reader.

    • / 6:56 pm

      It’s such a special way to bond with our kids isn’t it x

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