Teaching your child to read can be an intimidating task, even for those of us who are avid readers as adults. Much like learning to walk or talk, we don’t remember the process of acquiring the skill of reading. This makes it hard to relate to how our children feel as they go through their own literacy journey. Read on to find out what the Osceola Reads team suggests for getting over some common obstacles when it comes to teaching your child to read.
Moving too fast
While it’s admirable to want your child to be ahead of the game when it comes to literacy, it can sometimes result in missing signs that he or she is not fully ready to learn a new skill. The Osceola Reads team recommends taking it one letter at a time and one word at a time, and letting up if you feel your child is getting stressed. It’s best to remember that seemingly small things, such as having books in your home and practicing finding letters together in everyday surroundings, can encourage great leaps in your child’s early reading ability.
We all know the feeling of being less than excited by learning. Many times, this is because we have little interest in the material at hand. While we want our kids to learn to read all kinds of books, it can be wise to allow them to choose anything and everything they want to read when they’re first establishing reading skills. Maybe they’re excited by stories about their favorite television characters or the books with the most exciting covers. Although this may seem insignificant to you, these are excellent cues that your child is interested in reading and just needs you to validate that it’s okay for them to read what interests them the most! This is why we love that the Footsteps2Brilliance app includes tons of adorable characters, fun songs, and interesting games to keep little readers from getting bored.
Repetition of the wrong skills
Reading is about more than phonics. While memorizing letter sounds and piecing them together is certainly important, reading is an organic experience that involves many skills you may not think of. For example, your child needs to learn the logical order of storytelling to predict what’s coming up, which can help with word decoding and fluency. Talking to your child about what they think is going to happen based on the pictures in a story is a good way to support this foreshadowing skill. Sometimes, it’s necessary to step away from the mechanics of reading and think about what other abilities enhance the experience.
Expecting linear learning
Once you see that your child can identify letter sounds or read a few sight words, it can be easy to let the excitement take over and assume that this growth will continue. In reality, learning to read is not a linear process for many children. It requires putting together various pieces of the literacy puzzle, which can happen in an unorganized fashion and over a long period of time. So, not to worry if your child seems to be a reading pro one day, then regresses a bit the next. He or she will become a reader in a unique way, and the best thing you can do is to dive right into this somewhat unpredictable pattern with them, even if it makes little sense to you.
If teaching your child to read still sounds difficult, Osceola Reads is here to guide you. Don’t forget that Footsteps2Brilliance is a great resource at every level of your child’s literacy development that is available to you anytime, anywhere!