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Teaching your child to read
6 Helpful articles with tips and hints on
helping your child read
Compiled by Matt Silverman
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Teaching Reading - What Are the Different
By Julie Ashton-Townsend
What are the Different Approaches to Reading?
A reading approach is a way of starting to teach beginners to read. Over the past years teachers
have used various approaches to the teaching of reading, writing and spelling. There are various
ways of beginning to teach reading.
The Analytic Approach
This approach begins with whole words, usually nouns which can be easily illustrated and which
have a meaning for the reader. The word is them broken down into its component parts or
This way the reader can see the relationship between the written word, reading the word and
their own language.
The Eclectic Approach
An eclectic approach to reading uses a combination of methods such as global, analytic and
synthetic to best suit the learner and teacher.
The Global Approach
A global approach to reading gives the learner meaningful text to listen to, look at and memorize
by sight. It assumes that a person learns best when reading begins with natural text.
The Sight Word Approach
In a sight word approach new words are learned by memorizing them with the help of picture
The Syllable Approach
In the syllable approach, the syllable is the basic building block used to decode words. It is a
synthetic approach to reading which is a method which begins with the smallest part of sounds
and builds them into syllables and words/ This is called synthesizing them.
The Synthetic Approach to Reading
The synthetic approach to reading builds up words by learning smaller units of speech such as
letters, sounds, and syllables. It is usually used alongside other methods of teaching reading such
as the phonic or analytic approach.
Julie Ashton - Townsend has been teaching reading for many years both in school and her own
children who were homeschooled. Phonics is the BEST way to teach children to read. For Free
resources, information, lesson plans and reading activities visit
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The Key to Teaching Phonics to Kids
By Sonay Nelson
Phonics is how most children learn to read. Children are taught the various sounds that are made
by the vowels, consonants, and combinations of letters. Once these sounds are mastered children
can begin to sound out words to understand their meaning. Children learning phonics will need
to become familiar with a variety of rules that they can apply when they are sounding out words.
Usually children are given the rule and then given the opportunity to practice several words that
conform to the rule. With practice in phonics children will begin to automatically say the correct
sound when they see a letter or combination of letters.
Many of the beginning phonics for children readers are not very exciting for more advanced
readers. The point is that they give beginning readers an opportunity to practice new skills and
gain confidence as a reader. The more practice a young reader has with applying phonics rules
the better they will become at reading.
Some children struggle with learning all the various phonics rules. This is further complicated by
the fact that there are exceptions to just about every rule out there. The key is to begin phonics
for children by teaching only the most basic rules, such as short vowel sounds. As the child
progresses and begins to encounter long vowel sounds they can then be taught about long
Phonics for children should teach a rule of phonics and then give them a chance to practice it in a
real life reading situation. Each type a new phonics rule is introduced to a child they should be
given a short section of reading that allows them to practice using that rule. While working with
worksheets can be very helpful nothing is quite as effective as reading a sentence or story in
print. Phonics for children is the basic foundation for a child's success in reading. Children with a
good grasp of phonics will usually become strong readers.
Sonya Nelson has been helping children learn to read using phonics based instruction. She
started learning about phonics and how children learn when her daughter was having difficulty
reading in school. She has since developed her own unique phonics based reading program that
is used by parents across the United States.
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Tips to Beginning Reading Success
By Erika Burton
Children are ready to read at different ages. All children will have to master alphabet letters and
sounds prior to learning how to read. When your child is ready make every beginning reading
opportunity as successful and motivational as possible.
The beginning reader gaining momentum
The beginning reading process will have its share of bumps along the way. As children master
sight words and gain confidence in predictable sentence structures they should be more willing to
sound out words. It takes a combination of phonics and high frequency word recognitions to
move out of what is termed pre-emergent reading levels.
Why is it important to make learning to sound out words fun?
Motivational strategies to sound out words, as your child is demonstrating phonetic awareness
(understanding that words are comprised of a sequence of sounds), will help your child move
past pre-reading skills. Struggling through the sound/ letters make together to form words
(phonemes) can be both frustrating and beyond puzzling for even the motivated new reader. I
have found that creating memorable connections to letter combinations to be a powerful starting
point for a child to put together the pieces of how letters combine to make sounds!
How do I start helping my child sound out words?
Most children master beginning consonant/vowel patterns first (the first letter and vowel in each
word ie. ca in cat).
1. Start by demonstrating the appropriate sound to make for each letter in a consonant/vowel/
consonant pattern (c-v-c). An example might be the sound /m-e-t/ makes in the consonant-vowelconsonant pattern words such as (met, let, bet, get).
2. Ask your child, "What do each 2 letters have in common?" (m-e for met, l-e for let, and g-e for
3. Allow wait time for your child to figure out that the e makes the short /eh/ sound. Have them
practice this short /eh/ sound.
The fun part!
I have found that having a child say the sound of the short e /eh/ with a physical action that they
design, such as singing the short vowel sound each and every time they start to read a
consonant/vowel/consonant word pattern, allows them to mentally and physically remember the
necessary short sound the e will make.
How do you teach your child to automatically use the c/v/c pattern to decode words?
1. Model the action/c-v-c or connection with enthusiasm.
2. Have your child practice the letter pattern with the action.
3. Have them apply the pattern and action to new words with that same pattern.
4. Every time you and your child see that pattern in Stepping Stones Together books and beyond
model the pattern and/or ask your child to show you the action!
5. You'll be surprised at how often they will remember! It makes this new challenging process a
fun learning experience!
Erika Burton, Ph.D
Stepping Stones Together, Founder
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Top Ten Reasons to Teach Phonics by Mark
in Education (submitted 2008-11-23)
1. Phonics is an efficient way to teach reading.
There are only 43 common speech sounds (phonemes) in English and these are represented by
about 89 common spellings. Learning the phonics code produces the biggest learning bang for
the smallest instructional buck.
2. Phonics works.
The swing away from "whole language" to phonics-based instruction over the last 15 years has
vastly improved reading test scores on nationally normed tests.
3. Phonics is the fastest way to learn how to read.
Reading is not a developmentally acquired skill that naturally derives over time from lots of
reading (Adams, 1988; Stanovich, 1986; Foorman, Francis, Novy, & Liberman 1991). Learning
the code is the quickest way to learn how to read accurately and independently. Non-readers can
independently read simple decodable text after minimal instruction.
4. Phonics makes students better spellers.
Because explicit phonics instruction teaches recognition, pronunciation, and blending of the
sound-spelling patterns, students are better equipped to apply those same patterns to spellings.
5. Phonics requires less rote memorization.
The "Dick and Jane" reading method requires memorization of hundreds of words. Phonics
makes use of prior knowledge (the sound-spelling relationships) to apply to new learning.
6. Phonics works better for students with learning disabilities.
Students with auditory and visual processing challenges learn best from the structure of explicit
phonemic awareness and phonics instruction.
7. Phonics works better for English-language learners.
Phonics instruction relies on phonemic awareness and the connection of speech sounds to
spellings. Phonics builds upon and adjusts that connection, rather than abandoning reading
instruction already gained in the primary language.
8. Phonics works better for remedial readers.
Effective diagnostic assessments can easily determine which phonics skills have been mastered
and which have not. Gap-filling simply makes sense. Remedial readers have strengths to build
upon-they don't need to start from scratch.
9. Phonics makes students smarter.
New research shows that phonics-based instruction can actually change brain activity, resulting
in significant improvements in reading (Flowers, 2004). Shankweiler, Lundquist, Dreyer, and
Dickinson (1996) noted that differences in comprehension for upper elementary students largely
reflected levels of decoding skill.
10. Phonics learning builds self-esteem.
Because progress is so measurable, students can quickly see their improvement in assessment
data, and more importantly, in reading.
About the Author
Mark Pennington is an educational author, presenter, reading specialist, and middle school
teacher. Mark is committed to differentiated instruction for the diverse needs of today's students.
Visit Mark's website at http://www.penningtonpublishing.com to check out his teacher resources
and books: Teaching Reading Strategies, Teaching Essay Strategies, Teaching Grammar and
Mechanics, and Teaching Spelling and Vocabulary.
Creative Ways to Teach Reading with
Phonics by Lindsey Watson
The methodology behind phonics is to develop children’s literacy skills, by introducing different
sounds and signals for decoding words. Teachers have used phonics since the 19th century as an
alternative to the whole-language approach to reading. People who use phonics to teach children
believe that it gives children the basic skills for understanding and reading words rather than just
memorizing the words. Teaching phonics in a creative way in the classroom can give students
with the vital decoding skills and set them up for reading success.
Whole- to-parts phonics
The idea behind whole-to-part phonics is to break words down into two parts: Firstly, the leading
consonant and then the vowel and consonants that follow. The idea behind this method is to
familiarize children with 'word families' and the patterns that occur in spellings. Why not
experiment with the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill". Write the rhyme on the board and then it
might be an idea to ask the children you are teaching to find out the rhyming words within the
story. You can use the words "Jill" and "Hill" to demonstrate whole-to-parts phonics; you can
ask the children to think of other words that have an "ill" sound. You can make this method more
advanced by asking them to make a sentence using the words that they have brainstormed.
Playing phonics games in the classroom allows children to learn by doing, playing games also
gives children a positive impression of literacy. Try playing the "sound soup" game. The rules
are quite simple; during group time get the children to pretend that they are preparing a pretend
soup. All of the children will take turns to throw a pretend ingredient into the pot beginning with
the letter of the week. They might add sausages if your pot is an "s soup" you could make the
game to compose a "soup soup" book for the whole classroom. You can also try and encourage
your children to "take a trip" whilst going through all of the sound of the alphabet. The first child
can start off with packing an item beginning with the letter A, then next child will back an item
beginning with B, then it can continue so and so in until you get up to the letter Z.
Integrating phonics into the daily classroom routine can build reading skills, but in a subtle way.
Try to incorporate phonics at every opportunity. For example get the children to line up in order
of the first letter of their name. Itâ€™s important to include parents, as soon as parents about the
range of simple and fun activities can help language development beyond the classroom by
reinforcing phonics instruction at home, why not try asking them to bring in items that represent
About the Author
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Child to Read" by Jasmine Newhart
Long before the use of flash cards and books, your child has already begun the process of
learning how to read. An infant is already attuned to the sound of your voice. Even before your
child starts to speak, they are picking up verbal cues and sounds from your own speech. In fact,
every parent who asks, “How can I help my child read?” should realize that parents hold the
power to build a strong foundation upon which their child can learn to read.
Many parents think that, without a degree in education, they don’t know how to teach a child to
read. However, one of the easiest and most effective methods of teaching can start with simply
reading to your child. Not only is this a way to bond with your child, but reading to children is a
form of active learning. Children who listen to books learn to use their imagination. They also
get accustomed to the sounds and meanings of words, and they learn to appreciate words.
Reading to your child will help them develop their vocabulary.
Play rhyming games with your child as soon as they start to speak. Rhyming is an important step
in how to teach a child to read because it teaches your child to listen to and identify similar
sound patterns. Rhymes are easy to learn and they can be fun and exciting for children.
Some parents think teaching the alphabet is the only part of how to teach a child to read. While it
is essential, it is not necessarily the first step to take. In fact, teaching the sound of the letters can
help your child learn to read faster. For example, instead of “A, B, C” teach your child “aah, buh,
kuh (or sss).” The sounds of individual letters, as well as sounds of groups of letters, is part of a
teaching method called phonics.
Phonics are basically a set of “rules” for teaching children to help read and speak English. By
stringing together individual sounds, your child can sound out a long and complex word. Your
child will need to learn, though, that some letters have different sounds in different words.
There are certain words that cannot be sounded out and need to be memorized; these are called
sight words. Some examples of sight words are “the”, “to”, and “be.” Your child’s name is
another sight word. The good thing about sight words is they are easily recognized and most
children learn these by sight (hence the name) even before they learn the meanings.