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Parents often ask us the question ‘how should I teach my child to read?’ as they see their child’s ability to recognize all the letters of the alphabet.

It is very important to encourage early reading and creating a love for books.

Another common debate we hear as early childhood teachers is that children need to be able to sound out words using phonics also important to know that children learn and develop at their own pace. 

Below we will give you an overview of the different pre-reading skills for children based on research and teaching experiences.

1. Make reading fun!

Allow your child to choose their own book in a library or book shop

2. Help children hear smaller sounds in a word

Ask your child to change the starting sound in a word or the end. E.g., bat, dat, mat. 

3. Help your child understand each word on a page

Teach them the correct way of holding a book and the way we read.

4. Help understand letter differences 

Describing the shape of each letter.

Trusting your instincts as a parent is very important!!

Happy Reading from the team at Turtletot

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