Teach Child How to Read
The Benefits of Teaching Your Child to Read
We all know that reading is one of the most important skills you must have to succeed in life. If you are unable to read, or have a reading problems, it becomes difficult to learn and develop new skills; it leads to poor academic performance; and puts you at a great disadvantage compared to someone who is a fluent reader. With these thoughts in mind, it's not surprising to find most parents take up a very keen interest to teach their child how to read early on. It is becoming more apparent recently that our education system is not doing a good enough job at teaching our children to read, and it is not doing an adequate job at helping children develop literacy skills.
All the developed English speaking countries around the world has literacy problems in children and adults alike. Here's a few quick shocking stats:
- 38% of all grade 4 children in the US can't achieve basic reading proficiency
- 42% of UK students leave school without achieving functional English skills
- 33% of all year 5 students in Australia do not meet the benchmark literacy skills.
These are disturbing statistics indeed. So the next time you think that the education system will take care of all your child's reading and literacy needs, think again! Your child may not be receiving the amount of attention they need, and your child may not be receiving proper instructions for learning to read. The best course of action here, is to simply teach your child how to read yourself. All it takes is a little time and patience, and you can achieve this with 5 to 10 minute short lessons each day at home.
The Influence of Home Environement on Literacy Skill Development
Studies have shown that early home literacy experiences relates directly to enhanced development of vocabulary, listening, comprehension, and language skills. In a study done by Sénéchal et al., 168 children were studied in a 5 year long study of early home literacy experiences and subsequent language and literacy skills. This study found that children's exposure to books was directly related to the development of vocabulary and listening comprehension skills, and these skills were directly related to the child's reading skills in grade 3. This study found that parents involved in teaching their children about reading and writing were directly related to the development of early literacy skills in these children, and that these early literacy skills directly predicted word reading levels at the end of grade one, and indirectly predicted reading skills at grade 3. 
It is quite obvious from this study, that parental involvement with teaching their kids how to read and helping their children develop early literacy skills is paramount to academic success early on. By being directly involved with the early literacy development of your child, you help your child acquire and develop essential reading and writing skills that will go a long way to help them succeed at school and in life.
Success Begins at Home
The most effective way for parents to ensure future success for their child is to teach their children how to read early on.
But you may be thinking: "But I don't know how to teach my child how to read. I don't even know where to begin!"
Not to worry, you're not alone when it comes to not knowing how to teach a child how to read. Many parents are at a loss when it comes to teaching their children reading, and even more parents are still convinced that waiting for their child to start school is the right way to go for developing literacy skills. But I'm here to tell you that developing early literacy skills, well before entering school, is critical for your child's development. Do not underestimate your child's capacity to learn new skills.
So how do you teach children to read?
Teaching phonics is one of the oldest methods for teaching a child to read, and helping children develop phonemic awareness should be one of your central goals. To do this, you need a simple, flexible, and effective plan that starts with the most basic building blocks of reading. We have developed an extremely simple and effective program that can teach young children to read and read well. Our program is a proven learning to read program that have helped thousands of parents successfully teach their young children to read.
1. Child Dev. 2002 Mar-Apr;73(2):445-60.
Parental involvement in the development of children's reading skill: a five-year longitudinal study.
Sénéchal M, LeFevre JA.