HOW DO WE TEACH A CHILD TO READ?First, the child needs something to read. There are many books designed for children who are beginning to read. We will talk about beginning reading books below.
One set of beginning reading books are the Daddy, I Want to Read books. What follows is a brief excerpt from the Daddy, I Want to Read Instruction Manual. If this is your first time to teach a child to read, this short explanation will give the basics of how it is done.
After the sounds of these four letters are learned, explain that it is time to begin reading words. Show the child the word "am," but do not say the word. Point to the "a" and ask, "What sound does that make?" Have the child say the sound. Next point to the "m" and ask, "What sound does that make?" Have the child say the sound. Then explain we need to put the sounds together. You (the teacher) say the sound of "a," followed by a silence, followed by the sound of "m." Then say the sounds again, but slide from the "a" to the "m" with no silence in between. Say it again, with the sounds being shorter each time, until it sounds like the word "am." Then ask something like, "Do you hear the word 'am?'" This explanation needs to be tailored so the child understands that the two sounds together can make a word, in this case the word "am."