Little Girl with a book

Wondering how to get your toddler to start recognizing the As, Bs, Cs? Here are some tips to get your little one started on his reading journey!

  1. Set a Goal
  2. Read out Loud
  3. Ask the Whys, the Whats, the How, the Where…
  4. Build a Habit of Reading
  5. Bring Fiction to Reality
  6. Focus on the Alphabets, Phonics, and Rhythms

1. Set a Goal

You should start with an achievable goal of setting aside at least 20 minutes of reading time for your little one. Alternatively, you can set a goal of 3-4 books for your little one per day.

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2. Read out Loud

Start reading to your child with 3 – 4 picture books a day. For toddlers and kids aged 3 – 5, start with alphabet books, songbooks, picture books, and rhyming books!

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3. Ask the Whys, the Whats, the How, the Where…

Start asking questions while reading to your kid. Use the 5 Ws (who, why, when, where, what) and 1 H (how) to encourage your child to interact with the book. It is an effective way to develop their ability to understand what they are reading.

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4. Build a Habit of Reading

Children usually take cues from adults, so if kids grow up in an environment that is filled with books, they are more likely to enjoy reading too.

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5. Bring Fiction to Reality

If your little one likes the characters in the books such as The Three Little Pigs, Harry Potter, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you can bring them to the zoo, Harry Potter’s London, or arrange a field trip to a chocolate factory!

You can also role-play your kids’ favourite characters and stories!

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6. Focus on the Alphabets, Phonics, and Rhythms

Learning to read is not only about building a habit of reading for your little one, it is important for your little one to recognize alphabets, phonics, and rhythms.

Phonics is a crucial part of reading and spelling. Phonics help kids become more aware of the patterns in reading and allow them to learn how to pronounce words with similar spelling.

An example will be “mop, hop, pop, cop, and top” – the only difference in this example is that the first consonant changes!

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What are some of your favourite books? We’ve collated a list of our favourite bedtime stories here – perhaps you could add them to your little one’s reading list!

References

  1. “How to Teach Kids to Read at Home – 10 Simple Steps.” Reading Eggs Learn to Read Program for Kids, Reading Eggs, 16 Sept. 2018, readingeggs.com/articles/2018/09/16/teach-kids-to-read-at-home/.
  2. Ruddy, Erin Zammett. “18 Genius Ways to Make Kids Love Reading.” Parents, 4 June 2019, www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/reading/18-genius-ways-to-make-kids-love-reading/.
  3. “How To Teach A Child To Read In 10 Easy Steps – I Can Teach My Child!”. I Can Teach My Child!, 2020, https://www.icanteachmychild.com/10-steps-to-teaching-your-child-to-read/. Accessed 28 Aug 2020.
  4. “Raise a Reader: A Parent Guide to Reading for Ages 3-5.” Scholastic, www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/books-and-reading-guides/raise-reader-parent-guide-to-reading-ages-3-5.html.