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How to Teach a Child to Read

Watch more Children's Education videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to teach a child to read with these tips and tricks. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Be a chatterbox From the time your child is born, keep up a steady stream of chatter -- tell them what you're doing, what they're doing, and what's going on around you both. Researchers have found that toddlers who were spoken to a lot from infancy tested higher in language skills than those whose parents were less talkative. Step 2: Read to children Begin reading aloud to your baby when they are 6 months old. Education experts agree that reading to children is the single best thing parents can do to pave the way for their child to learn to read. Step 3: Show them words When you read to your child, show them the letters and words you're saying by using your finger as a pointer. Get them to participate, too, by asking them to find pictures. Such interaction provides them with the building blocks of reading. Step 4: Teach tots their ABCs Teach preschoolers their ABCs: print the letters of their name, saying each one as you write it, and encourage them to do the same; point out letters and words wherever you go; and ask your child to pick out letters in publications. Tip Put alphabet magnets on the fridge to help them spell different words daily. Step 5: Foster their "phonemic awareness" Use word games to foster their "phonemic awareness" -- the ability to hear and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words. Ask them to isolate the first or last sound in a word; challenge them to recognize a word when one letter is added or taken away; give them three letters and ask them to blend the separate sounds they make. Step 6: Don't push it Be realistic. Most children are not ready to learn to read until around age 5. And don't be alarmed if your child seems slow: there is no connection between an early ability to read and intelligence. The bottom line? Fostering a life-long love of reading is more important than turning out an early bookworm. Did You Know? Books about friendships between children of different races can help overcome prejudice, according to a study.
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