homeschool, young children

Learning To Read 

And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? — John 7:15

Are you trying to get your child ready for kindergarten? 

Does your child seem to have difficulty recognizing letters or spelling their name?

Relax!

Your child has everything they need to be the success God planned for them to be. 

Where?

On the inside of them.

All of the time you thought your child’s first words were “mama” and “dada,” were actually more than just first words. It was the beginning of your child’s budding vocabulary and phonics skills. 

Your child is full of sounds and those sounds are actually the beginning of phonics and letter recognition. Once your child begins to recognize sounds, they are well on their way to recognizing letters, creating words, forming sentences, writing essays, and editing novels. 

Sounds like a lot, but it is very true. 

Spending 15-20 minutes a day alone with your child is all you need to invest in your child’s budding vocabulary. Don’t over do this time. Start slow and work your way with your child gradually. Don’t look at the neighbor’s child that can read 2,000 words a minute. Don’t compare your child with the latest prodigy Einstein. Study your child and learn how they learn. The more you learn about them, the more you both will be able to grow together.

Be encouraged!

Here are some activities you can do with your beginning reader:

#1 — Listen For The Sound. In this activity, have your child listen for the sounds around them. Turn off the television and all electronic devices. This is a great activity if you have a backyard or a park nearby. However, even if you don’t, it’s still a great indoor game. Have your child imitate whatever sound they here. 

For example: My daughter heard a garbage truck driving down the street. The sound she heard was ROOOOOM…ROOOOOMMMM. When I asked her what letter it is, her response was R.

Continue doing this for about 10-15 minutes and watch your child’s curiosity manifest their inner qualities and strength. You can even do this while on the bus or train, or in the car. It helps to pass the time and helps strengthen their knowledge.

#2 — I Know My First Name. Using index cards, cut each card in 4s and write the letters of your child’s first name (You can do this for each of their names [first, middle, last]). Then take a piece of paper. I used a brown paper bag and write their name on the paper in all uppercase letters. You can write their name in all lowercase letters beneath each uppercase letter. This helps support recognition between uppercase [capital] letters and lowercase letters. Next call out each letter and watch your child pick up and match the corresponding letter where it belongs. Afterwards, ask your child to spell their name and watch the excitement that comes over them as they hear themselves being able to spell their name all by themself.

#3 — Mobile Name. Write your child’s name out on index cards or a piece of paper. Cut each letter and punch a hole at the top with a hole puncher. Take some yarn and thread it through each card. Be sure to make a knot to secure each letter to the yarn. Next, take the yarn and tie it to a hanger (plastic or wire or wooden…it doesn’t matter). Make sure you put each letter in the order of your child’s name. 

Remember love and patience is all you need along with your child to have a good time learning how to read.

Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who God created you to be.

Bella Grace

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