I taught my Kindergarteners to read through writing.  You can do this at home using the moments you have with your children and not have to set time aside.  For example, let’s say you are at the Doctor’s office waiting to be called for your appointment.  Most of us have pulled out some piece of paper and said, “Why don’t you draw me a picture?”  Your child is young and in the scribbling stage and they “draw” something.  You ask what they drew.  You quickly learn not to name whatever it is BEFORE your child has or this may happen:  You say, ”What a beautiful butterfly” and they say, “It’s a picture of you, Mom!”

After your child has told you about their picture you say, “Why don’t you write your name on it?”  Most children will scribble something else.  Perhaps you will need to encourage them which is fine.  Now I know it looks nothing like their name.  That is not the object as yet and can be refined later.  What you are trying to communicate it that anything written can be read by the writer.  That is the concept of print which all children need to begin reading.

Learning to read

I’m hoping that you have arrived at my blog because you want to help your child learn to read.  I taught Kindergarten for many years and always taught my class the basics of reading and more importantly they thought they could read.  Children who think they can read try to sound out words they don’t know and eagerly look for books.  I can give you many ways to help children learn the concept of print which is basic to learning to read.

I’m sure that I am not telling you anything new when I say that the most important part to having your child value reading is to value reading yourself.  The actual source of your reading does not matter—from comic books to Shakespeare. 

The second most important part involves reading to your child as often as you can.  Start with one word books, chewable books, bath books, any book you have.  They love reading it over and over.  Point to the words as you say them.  Ask them what the word says when they begin to talk.

I hope you will post your comments and questions and I will add to my hints often.