I know you mostly come here for beauty and fashion related things. However, when I find something so awesome, I just need to share with you! My son, who is 4 years old, can read fluently. I posted a short video on Instagram of him reading the other day & thought the info was good enough to share with you guys here as well. Especially since so many people asked about the book we used. So today I wanted to chat about how to teach your preschooler how to read.
How to Teach your Preschooler How to Read
Now, let me start by saying that my kids aren’t extra intelligent. I sound like a horrible mom, but what I mean is that they’re just normal kids. From what I know, there’s no especially high IQs or amazing talents. They’re smart, sure, but nothing amazingly above average. I’m saying that because any preschooler can learn to read using the book we used. He didn’t learn on his own because he was smart. He learned because we went through this book together.
As you know, my kids go to French school. I was originally worried when my older son was 4 years old because I knew that he would learn to read in French and I didn’t want him to miss out on learning to read in English. One of my friends told me about this book and I was so excited. Mainly because I had no clue how to teach a preschooler how to read. How in the world was I going to make sure my kids could read!?
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is the book we used. You guys, it’s amazing. Now my younger son is 4 years old and is reading whole books on his own. He goes to French school and hasn’t done any practice outside of us doing this book together. I cannot recommend this book enough. There are so many benefits to starting reading young, if you can.
- Head start on Kindergarten – English and phonics lessons will be easier for your child at school because they’ve already gone over it.
- Makes reading homework easier when they’re in kindergarten – It makes kindergarten homework so much easier when reading is just reviewing the words everyone else is learning.
- Build their confidence in academics – When we give them a head start already knowing something at school, it can build their confidence all around.
- Start a love of reading young – It teaches them a love for reading and stories and using their imaginations that, if cultivated, can last a lifetime!
And so many more reasons! But also let me say that if you wait for your child to learn to read when they’re in school, that’s a perfectly good option. The main reason I pursued this was because I knew my kids wouldn’t learn to read in English unless I was the one that taught them, so I needed to find a way. I am sharing with you for people that might be in the same situation or for parents with kids that are really interested in reading, or if you just want to get a head start.
The book starts with sounds. They break up the sounds that the letters make and differentiate the letters that make two different sounds by using lines above the letters.
They group letters like th, ch, sh and ing together so they know they always make the same sound. Once they have mastered reading with certain sounds, they start to remove the lines and learn the letter names.
The lessons start with about 5-10 minutes a day. As they get on in the book the lessons are a little longer, up to about 20 minutes. Sometimes it took my son longer when he was reading the longer stories as he got further on in the lessons. However, the lessons progress so naturally that even the later lessons aren’t hard for the kids.
Here are some tips I have to teach your preschooler how to read:
- Be consistent. I found that the lessons got harder and harder if I waited too long between them. There are 100 lessons and it’s best to find a time of year where you can be as consistent as possible during that time. For us, it was during the school year; it just became his ‘homework,’ and since he didn’t have any other homework from school, it worked out!
- Be patient. Guys, oh my gosh, this can be hard. My older son couldn’t rhyme to save his life. He just didn’t understand the concept or something somehow. It got me so frustrated. But hindsight is 20/20, right? He’s fine now (almost 8 years old) and can read in two languages. It’s best to remember that this is a hard process for the kids to go through and be as patient as possible.
- Make it fun. You don’t want it to be a chore. Make it fun, create charts with rewards when they finish certain number of lessons. Have a big reward at the end of the book. For us we celebrated the end by ice cream and a new set of books — of their choice! — to read. It kept them motivated!
That’s about it! The book says it’s for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. I started with my older son when he was 5 (birthday in March) and he was reading before he started kindergarten. I started with my younger son earlier, because I knew I could, and although overall the process was a little harder, he is now reading fluently. He turns 5 in April and will be starting kindergarten in August.
Like I said, it doesn’t take a super smart kid, it just takes commitment and consistency. Your preschooler could be reading in a little more than 3 months! And without too much effort! It’s really boosted the self-esteem of my little one who always sees what big brother does and feels bad that he can’t do the same, obviously not understanding that he is 3 years younger!
You can buy the book here on Amazon. It’s an affiliate link, but the price is always the same for you guys! If you’re interested in teaching your preschooler how to read, this is the book for you. I have heard success story after success story with people using this book; it’s worth a try!
Have a great day!