You Can Teach Your Child To Read
1. Make sure your child wants to learn to read. This method is recommended for bright 3.5 year olds, average 4 and 5 year olds or older children who haven't learned how to read. This method is NOT for children who have already learned how to read but are poor readers.
2. Get the book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". Read the parents section and make sure you understand it thoroughly.
3. Set up a schedule to do the lessons. Try to do them at the same time each day and don't let your child make excuses - it only takes 15 to 20 minutes per lesson, sometimes even less if your child understands the lessons quickly.
4. Make a chart with the numbers 1 to 100. Put this up and have stickers to mark off once each lesson is completed. This is a great motivator for your child and will help them be excited to do another lesson (if they need additional motivation).
5. Practice each lesson before you sit down with your child. Make sure you that you can pronounce the sounds exactly as they are meant to be pronounced. Not pronouncing the sounds correctly will make your child mispronounce them and cause more challenges for them when learning to read.
6. Don't skip lessons. Even though the lessons seem really easy at first, they are building a very solid foundation for a strong reader. You can always do 2 lessons in 1 day, but space them apart (1 in the morning and 1 at night). You need to allow your child adequate time to process the lesson they have learned.
7. Have patience! Your child is learning something new and they need your patience, especially if they have never had this type of instruction before. Don't quit if they are stubborn or distracted, just try to get through the lesson and reward them when they are done.
The book, Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is an amazing tool for parents who's children want to learn how to read but aren't in school yet. I used the book to teach my daughter how to read and am currently teaching my son how to read. It takes dedication on your part and your child's. If you and your child are overwhelmed, take a few days or even a week off from lessons then pick up where you left off. Eventually everything will just start to click with your child and he or she will be a reading super star before you know it.
Another great thing about this book is that it gives you 20 suggested books to read once you're done with this one. The authors tell you that once you complete the book, assuming you made sure that your child understood the lessons as you went through, he or she should be able to read at a second grade level. That's pretty amazing for a kid who's not even in school yet!