The child must learn the sounds letters and combination of letters make and how they string together to form words. Once a child learns to decode they can understand communication through written language based on the skills developed through their development of oral language.Reading to Younger Children Just as parents should spend time each day talking to and with their young child, they should also spend some time each day reading to their young child.The Read-Aloud Handbook has been around for decades and is a must for parents who want to read to their kids.For suggestions on what to read to children at various age levels we suggest What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child–and All the Best Times to Read Them.If you want more suggestions on how to help your child improve reading comprehension we suggest 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It! Once children are readers, get a library card or join a book club to increase the reading material available.Subscribe to a children’s magazine that is geared to the child’s interests and age level.Reading With Older Children Once your child can read, reading time shifts to listening to the child read and taking turns reading with them.
Another important pre-reading skill is what is called phonemic awareness.
When to Start Many children are ready to begin reading as young as three or four while others may not be fully ready until six.
Unless there is an underlying problem (speech/language delay, auditory or visual processing impairment or below average intelligence), children should begin developing decoding skills no later than six.
As children begin to say their first words, feedback from those around them help them to learn the meaning of the words and begin to use them to get things they want and to please those around them.
They gradually learn how to put them together to form phrases and later sentences.