How to Teach Your Child to Read

 Reading is the NUMBER ONE SKILL for school. Being able to read really takes children higher and helps to give them the edge in the early years.


1. Why not make sharing a book together a new, nice habit?


The more that you do it, the easier it gets.

Children have different tastes, I sometimes find that boys prefer factual books.


Why not try reading different kinds of books. There are lots of great factual and story books out there for younger children.

Sooner or later they will want to read for themselves.

2. Start with labelling items around the house like - table, bathroom and cup. After a while they will come to recognise these word

as they crop up elsewhere.

3. Start with the letters in their name, teach them the names of the letters and the sounds that those letters make. Put their name in large letters around the room until the can recognise it easily.

Play with wooden block letters or some magnetic letters and match them to each other and try to make words. 

Doing puzzles and art work can help to train their eyes to look at details, which will help them read.

There are some attractive

wooden puzzles featuring a child's name that can be ordered and purchased. These are also good for teaching children to write their names.

4. Use simple books that match letters to a picture and its word. 


After a while cover up the images and see if the children can still read the words.

5. Read short repetitive stories that are familiar like "The Three Little Pigs" or "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".


After a few times pause at key times and point to the word, to see if they can read it (or remember it - which can lead to reading.)

6. Make a list of simple words that rhyme, like - mat, cat and sat. Use books like these ones to help you practise the word and help the children to see patterns in the way words are spelt.

7. Show them a few  commonly used words like - the and but and go over them. These are called SIGHT WORDS.

Flashcards with SIGHT WORDS can make it easier for you. Just start with studying two cards at a time, until it is easy for them, then add some more.


8. Get a set of readers and start reading them with your child. Keep practising on the same book and go over the hard words later. In time it will be easy for them.

They will start to find reading easier and enjoy books more. 

What a great start you can give them! 

Tips to Help Your Child to Learn to Write

Learning to Write   is Fun

It can be exciting to learn how to write...

Writing is about how we communicate with the world. From a young age we see children looking at words and trying to write their own... let me outline few steps to help them write with ease.

1. You need to know that writing is first a physical activity. They need strong fingers from doing lots of craft or working with play dough, pegging, threading beads, craft, woodwork, cooking, cutting with scissors and colouring in, kinds of activities.

After a while these things become much more simple for them to do which makes writing words is so much easier.

2. The name puzzles (seen earlier) are a great thing for them to start with, they can trace their fingers around their name and draw inside the puzzle the shape of the letters. 

Capitals are easier to write and a good place to begin.

You can have fun with them getting them to use Magnetic Letters on a board as they try to make works. They can draw them in the sand or from them with spaghetti....

3. After they have mastered their name so that it is recognisable, try teaching them one letter a week. 

Show them how to write it, use letter picture book to point it out and remember it, and a letter book with smooth surfaces so that they can practise tracing it and rubbing it out.

4. Give them lots of praise and show people how well they are doing and they will keep on trying.

5. It is important that they are holding the pencil properly right from the start, so get them to sue a thick white board marker and the grip will automatically be good.