how to teach my kid to read in 10 simple steps

by Omar L

Teaching my child to read doesn’t require you to be a teacher. Every parent can do it. How to teach my kid to read? and What are the best simple and effective tips to make my child learn to read with pleasure?

We often have the opportunity to recommend reading because it is a tremendous aid for the child’s development. Only it is not always as easy as we would like. We see a lot of teenagers who prefer screens because they haven’t developed a taste for reading.

However, this is fundamental because it opens up all kinds of learning. Besides, it is good for health and balance!

See also Reading and Health (1):  (we see in this article that the health of the child depends on his brain and that his brain depends a lot on reading)

Teaching children to read not only because it’s good for them but also because it’s good for adults, it’s even excellent for you: the adult benefits as much as the child. The adult does not know it, but the benefits of reading are essential for themselves too.

By the way, let’s invite dads to make an effort because it appears that they are more likely to push children towards reading on laptops, while moms prefer, and rightly, real books.

Therefore, the two similar questions that parents frequently ask themselves are how to teach my child to read? How to teach my older child to love reading?

We show the techniques to thousands of parents every year ( As a teacher). Because reading is a way to grow and develop out of the ordinary, we can say that this is the child’s first diploma.

Reading is the child’s way of building.

  • their personality,
  • Self-confidence,
  • speed of understanding,
  • discernment,
  • the correctness of the judgment and therefore the sense of justice,
  • listening,
  • the sense of escape,
  • freedom,
  • creativity,
  • independence,
  • maturity

Among the essential advantages. And the list doesn’t end there.

How to teach my kid to read

Critical thinking, hope, courage, the power to make a decision, and many other qualities also develop. This is why children who have been reading and read are more developed than those raised in front of the TV.

Among the qualities that interest us from the perspective of instruction, we will note:

 Of almost vital importance, confidence will come as your child understands things, acquires information, and improves himself internally. Without self-confidence, the child is afraid to get started, criticizes, gets stuck, procrastinates. Lack of self-confidence leads to many failures.

Another great quality, humility allows you not to “know everything” in advance, to judge according to your own criteria. The child discovers that he gets answers by asking questions. The process of opening the mind begins here! The child knows that he does not know everything, and he learns that he can know by questioning. On the contrary, a child who has not had this culture will be presumptuous, overwhelming, domineering, which again will harm his course and … that of others.

Often poorly judged, curiosity has been confused and assimilated to indiscretion. Often, we see parents rebuffing their children in stores because they don’t want to appear rude. If the child is curious and not disturbing, it is better to leave the neck’s bridle. Curiosity is the means par excellence to discover, evolve, have the capacity to change a life, to go forward. Learn! Creativity depends on it. It is certainly a quality that the so-called modern society lacks; since it does not manage to solve simple problems: we lack children who have read!

The modern world has big problems; reading is declining for most in favor of the screen. But reading is growing in certain circles where we are ahead in terms of personal development. We know that screens are harmful to health and creativity.

We can also refer to this study to be convinced. You will see why this image is meaningful:

Teaching my child to read goes through … fewer screens
However, how do I get my child to read when so many things otherwise tempt him?

Teaching children to read is a great pleasure easily approachable

Most children don’t really start reading until they are 5-6 years old. We have a few tips for you.

Don’t do all of these tips at once, and be patient, don’t expect your child to get everything quickly.

All this is a process, and you will implement the means that we give you here when you deem it useful.

1. Read to your child

Teaching your child to read can start in early childhood, curious as it sounds.

It is not about making children precocious and “forcing” the brain of the child. But you can very well read texts that the little child will understand very little, just for the pleasure of hearing your voice that you will modulate according to the text, marking the surprise, the sweetness, the strength, the advice that the characters or situations.

Because many treasures pass in the vibrations of the mother and the father’s voice.

Play the characters, bring them to life, don’t be afraid to be ridiculous; no one is spying on you. 

read to your child

You can read to your newborn baby. Very smoothly. This “ritual” will bring you closer. It will also develop a taste of reading to your child.

But you can also read for the child in your womb. The fetus needs to hear your relaxed, happy voice; it produces vibrations that he feels. The daddy can read to the unborn baby too. Not necessarily stories for small children, because the meaning does not matter, it can be a novel for adults.

However, avoid the newspapers and anything that will produce a negative feeling for you, felt by the mother: anxiety, bad surprises, gloomy news.

2. Ask questions

Asking questions is very good, not only to allow the child to get involved in the story and therefore to understand it, but also to develop several dimensions that are extraordinarily important in their future life because it is not only for us to force-feed our child to know.

If your child is very young, you can ask him simple questions, asking the child to use his observation skills: “What color is the hat?”, “Where is the house?” “Watch? -me the dog “and you can point your finger in the direction of the object. Then you will ask progressively more difficult questions without showing. You will ask him what cry makes such an animal. To a grown-up, you can ask questions about the deeper meaning: “Why did the character do this?”, “What would have happened if he hadn’t?”, “Why do you think the author wrote this story?”

As the child grows, questions can then be asked after the reading. “What happened to Tom in the story?” Then it will be after and before: “What do you think will happen tonight in history?” Then, you will foster his sense of anticipation by asking, “What do you think Captain Fracasse could do now?” This will help his imagination.

Later, you can ask him what he thinks of such a situation of such an attitude. What consequences will such a decision of a character have, for example?

Each of these techniques is a great way to promote and increase reading comprehension.

3.Be a good reader yourself

It seems obvious, but your child will be all the more drawn to the books they see you reading. Even if your child is fascinated by books from a young age, their fascination will quickly diminish if they don’t see that you are a reader model. If you are not an avid reader yourself, make a conscious effort to have your children see you reading! It could be a magazine, a cookbook, a novel or the Bible … you decide!

But it’s important to show your child that reading is something even adults need. Boys are generally fewer readers, which is why it would be useful for the father to do it ostensibly.

We often forget that children learn by example.

4. Avoid television, computers and screens

During the projection of films or cartoons, your child’s brain is at rest. However, remember one important thing: functions that you do not use disappear! The more your child thinks, the more neural connections he will develop, and the more neural connections he will develop, the better off he will be because there is a direct link between the brain’s health and the body’s health.

The more he watches television, the less his brain finds good sleep and, therefore, the periods of restful rest. It’s simple: watching TV decreases life expectancy.

5.Be progressive

Don’t anticipate too much. It is more important that your child knows how to pronounce the sounds rather than knowing that the letter is L or P. The amount of knowledge does not matter; the better the basics, the greater the ability to learn.

Allow him to recognize the letters he knows in daily observations: he will tell you frequently, in a store: “It’s a P.” If he’s right, congratulate him with pleasure. He might be wrong, don’t tell him “no” but rather “are you sure? Take a look, it’s true that it looks like it” or “In fact it’s an R, you don’t know this letter but if you want, tonight, I’ll show it to you. It’s a letter that allows you to make rrrrr “.

Progressiveness makes it possible not to be discouraged, not to go too fast, and excess speed is a source of frustration and stagnation for the child.

6. Differentiating between types of texts helps in learning to read

From about 5 years old, children can distinguish the real from the imaginary. It is then the moment to start presenting the books in their particular type: “Tonight we are going to read a true story, a story that really happened to a little girl who lived …” and you explain various things. objective elements that fix reality. “Tonight, I’m offering you a tale, it’s a made-up story that takes place in a country that doesn’t exist, but we’re going to say it exists, we’re pretending, okay? So, I’ll start. “

You can present different kinds. You will start with the true stories and the made-up stories. Then, the books of knowledge (documents, such as books on animals, the primer), etc. The historical stories, and why not the instructions for use, the memoirs…

7. Make up Stories Yourself

Making up a story for your child and telling it t is a moment of complicity that you can both share. his mom or dad, who invents a story? Do you realize the effect it can have on his mind! It’s a wonder, so you are able to do as well as a book! In his mind, it brings storytelling closer to him; it makes literary creation possible. If their mom or dad can do it, one day, he can do it too.

8.Word families

You can point out to your child that there are words that rhyme.In this way, the child will understand that reading is a construction game; words can be put together; it is not inaccessible. On the condition, however, that you go there very gradually. Otherwise, the opposite will happen: an excess will discourage him, and he will express it to you in one way or another that they prefer stories over the boring word analysis. So, to use in homeopathic doses, we would say when the child starts to point it out, to ask questions: “these two words, they end the same” “yes, you are right, we say that they rhyme. The person who wrote the book did it on purpose because those two words go well together, it makes the text look nicer. ” And you read on.


You will start with your child’s first name. Try to write it in separate letters and ask him to reproduce them.

From there, you will try to spot, if he does not do it himself, the letters of his first name in other words.

You will be able to gradually begin to decode the words by pointing out the presence of letters and their assembly. Chances are your child will be the first to notice this to you!

Limit the decoding to what he already knows, it is in fact an exercise in practicing known things, not an exploration. Explore new letters only at your child’s request. He will ask you which letter it is that is intriguing him, you answer him and that’s it. This will make him ask you what this other letter he does not know is.

10.Exploratory Learning of Letters

learning to read

Once the previous steps have been taken, you can very easily learn to recognize new letters, those residual letters in a word that your child reads almost entirely or of which he reads the most important parts. This will be an exploration, so take it very slowly, no more than one letter per day.

Bottom Line

At 4 years old, you don’t know yet how to read most often, you start to learn. Show him a little every day, 10 minutes, he’ll want to know more. This is how we do it. The child does not necessarily want to spontaneously but he likes this daily session which prepares him for a course later. The real course will start at 5-6 years old. But do not go beyond the moment when the child wants to stop, rather even just before.

There you have it, all this is not set in stone and can of course be completed as you wish because you too certainly have your tips for teaching reading or teaching your child to love it. Let us know below, in your comments!

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