Helping to teach your child to read is rewarding but can be hard work for both you and your child. As well as reading books with your children, there are plenty of things you can do to make the process more fun and enjoyable as well as helping to expand their knowledge and understanding of words.
1. Only focus on a few letters at a time.
To avoid overwhelming your child and to make sure everything is sinking in, only focus on 3 or 4 letters or blended sounds at one time.
2. Explore poetry.
Poems are a really fun and interesting way to explore words and different sounds as well as helping to expand your child’s vocabulary. It makes a nice change from regular story books too.
3. Have a letter treasure hunt.
Letters are absolutely everywhere! You can try spotting letters on road signs, number plates and other places to spell their name or maybe pick a letter and see how many things you can spot beginning with that letter.
4. Make it multi-sensory.
Younger children in particular respond well when they can, literally, get hands on. Try using bubble wrap, pom poms, foam peanuts, anything that feels interesting to make a letter collage. There are lots of printable templates online so you can print out the outline of letters to fill in or you could do it with your own fair hands.
5. Talk about sounds.
Listening skills play a huge role when learning to read and is an essential part of communication so when you’re out and about discuss any interesting sounds you can hear like birds in the trees and trains going past.