Activities for Smart Kids is pleased to announce our online reading course through our sister site – Help Your Child to Read . If you are interested in making sure your child masters the fundamental reading skills, then read on.
“Help Your Child to Read Better” covers all you need to know about developing your child’s ability to read and write in a systematic and step by step way.
With our online course “Help Your Child to Read Better”, you’ll discover how to:
- Use your skills to prepare activities that will develop your child’s reading and writing.
- Check your child’s sound awareness and knowledge and show how to blend three letter words and build on them.
- Teach your child the different spelling of vowels in words.
- Show how words can have similar spelling patterns.
- Choose the type of books that support fluent reading.
- Introduce comprehension skills.
Many parents are unsure about how to help their child learn to read. They worry about how and when.
Research has come up with the pre-requisites and I outline them in this article.
Most children begin to learn to read around five or six years of age. Of course a few children do learn to read before this age. Researchers tend to think that before these ages most children have not formed the neural connections necessary for the decoding of print.
I am a firm believer in reading readiness. Hopefully you will understand why after reading this article.
Phonemic awareness is the foundation skill beginning readers must master.
Phonemic awareness is not a new term. It became known in educational circles as a result of researchers publishing their findings on early literacy development and reading disability.
Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and segment (break up) the sounds in words. The discrete sounds of speech (approximately 44) are used to make words. These sounds are called phonemes.