The process of becoming a reader should be joyful and exciting. There is nothing better than hearing a child say, "I can read this all by myself!
The process of reading includes:
(These are often called the Five Big Ideas in Reading!)
While you may know the last four, the first one, phonological awareness, will ensure that your child becomes a confident reader as they "Break the Code"!
A phoneme is a sound. When we were young our mothers would say, "Just sound it out", now we know that is important but there are other skills that can be helpful.
Phonological awareness includes:
All of these are oral language and need no writing, however a child needs to be able to do these to become a good reader.
These Websites that will help with these concepts: Just click on the words and it will link you to these.
The most important thing you can do with your child is read to them and with them!
These links have numerous games, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and videos that encourage your child to have fun as they learn to read!