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Ultimate Guide to Teach Your Child How to Read in 6 Steps.

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I’m going to be perfectly honest, contrary to popular advertisements teaching your child to read is not fast and easy and it doesn’t occur organically. If you don’t invest time in teaching your child to read then they will struggle as readers in school. There is also the right way to teach your child how to read.

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How Early Can You Teach Your Child How to Read?

Can you teach your toddler how to read? It is never too early or too late to teach your child how to read. I taught my toddler how to read by the age of 2 1/2 years old in six steps.

Understanding phonics is a core pillar of reading skills. If a child does not understand they will continue to struggle with reading. Many parents don’t look into teaching their children how to read until they are actually ready for their child to start reading. Learning to read actually starts much earlier with pre-reading behaviors.

A mom playing with her baby on the floor and teaching her how to read by reading a picture book to her.

Tips to Teach Your Child How to Read

The key to teaching your child to read is to start early and be consistent. When I was ready to teach my daughter how to read. I couldn’t find all the information that I needed with examples to follow in one place. I had to piece together instructions from many different sources which was time-consuming for a busy working mom.

When I decided that I was ready to teach my daughter how to read, I looked into hooked on phonics because it is a trusted brand that has been around since I was a kid. It cost almost $100 for the complete set, I was reluctant to spend that much right out of the gate so I kept on searching for other options. There were also two programs that caught my eye. One was a downloadable eBook and the other was a paperback book with many steps to teach your child to read.

I first watched the video advertising the eBook which was around 20 minutes. Who has time for that? Then the eBook was $90 for the complete package. That was significantly cheaper than hooked on phonics and I really wanted to teach my child to read but the price was still too steep for me to impulse buy so, I went and bought the other book from amazon which was just over $15. I felt that if it doesn’t work I’d rather lose $15 than $90.

A parent teaching their baby how to read by reading a book with her.

What worked and what didn’t

After getting the book from Amazon, I saw that the book was unreasonably long to me. I didn’t have time to read the book so that I could learn how to use it with my daughter. I felt discouraged as soon as I cracked open the book. My daughter was so advanced that she already understood the first quarter of the book but the way it was written it seemed as though you couldn’t skip ahead.

I tried and it didn’t work, plus the steps were so long and it says for you to just do 15 minutes a day. At that rate, my child would never learn to read. I started the reading lessons with my child anyway, the beginning of the book was so elementary to her that we both just couldn’t stand it but when we tried to skip ahead it was too hard for her and it didn’t make sense. We eventually gave up on the book.

While searching for learn to read programs, I didn’t find as many programs to teach your child how to read as I had expected. I saw many advertisements for the same few programs. I wasn’t interested in many of them as I was quickly losing confidence in what was available. I bit the bullet and bought the expensive eBook as plan B. The eBook package came with multiple downloadable books that were also unreasonably long.

We never got through the first book which was just under 300 pages. I felt like I was on my own. So I decided to piece together a curriculum based on my research. Some sites listed the steps to teach your child to read in complicated terms but didn’t show how to implement them. So, then I had to google that and find many other websites.

After creating my own curriculum to teach my daughter to read, I decided to wing it and together we crushed it! One of the resources that I did come across that totally helped me to teach my daughter sight words was from the organized homeschooler. She has a post on how to create a sight word pocket folder. I have included a picture of what the folder looks like below and in my eBook, I went into detail on how I used this method to teach my daughter her sight words.

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This was the main source that I used when teaching my daughter how to read sight words and we both loved this method.  I believe that every child should have the same educational opportunities no matter what their background or financial status is. So, I came up with an eBook that is very short to help busy working moms who are short on time and patience to be able to teach their child to read.

We don’t have time to scour the internet to come up with a plan so I don’t want you to have to go through what I went through. That is why I created The Road to Reading Success! This ebook along with the online course will walk you through the six steps to teach your child how to read.

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My eBook has every step that you need to know, with examples on how to implement them as well as product recommendations that will prepare you to teach your child how to read, and it is at a price point that anyone can afford. Moms should never have to choose between paying bills and teaching their children to read.  Put your child on the Road to Reading Sucess!

sight word pocket folder used to teach your child how to read sight words

In addition to several CVC books and puzzles that I made for my daughter, I also utilized Melissa & Doug educational toys to help teach my toddler how to read. I have included some of the educational toys that I used to teach my toddler how to read below:

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Disclaimer: This post Disclosure might contain Amazon affiliate links. Any purchase made through such links will award me a small commission (or referral fee), at no extra cost for you. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and/or genuinely love (I would never promote any products or services that I wouldn’t pay for myself), and I always have my readers’ best interest at heart.

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4 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Teach Your Child How to Read in 6 Steps.”

    1. That’s so awesome that your son is reading sight words at two years old. I say that it is never too early to start teaching your child to read and you are clearly being very proactive in educating your son.

  1. Great advice! There’s a Leap Frog video out there called Letter Factory. I purchased it on Amazon years ago, and have used it with all of our children at an early age to help then with learning phonics.

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