One of the most critical things to teach your children is proper reading skills. This basic foundation, when well built, will help launch your child into a lifetime of learning that is fruitful. This solid foundation will help them succeed in all that they do.
Get Started With Phonics
What is the best way to get your child ready for kindergarten reading? Teaching a child phonics is an excellent first step. Why phonics first? In teaching a child how a letter is pronounced they can much more quickly learn to properly read and pronounce words. It is helpful to teach sounds before actual letter names because it can be confusing for a child to attempt to learn both sound and letter name when they are actually different.
There a number of great ways to help your child get a good jump start on reading for kindergarten. Phonics, of course, is an great way to begin your child on the reading journey. Begin by teaching your child the common sounds of letters and combinations of letters often taught in phonics.
There are different ways to go about teaching phonics. One great way is by introducing a few sounds to a child. Once a child has learned a number of sounds commonly taught in phonics, they will begin to be able to read. You can use phoneme flash cards to help the child practice what they are learning.
The next step for your child, after learning sounds and practicing them with flash cards, will be reading and blending sounds together to pronounce new and different words. This will simply build on the sounds your child has already learned and practiced. The next step in this method of phonics will be sounding out the words and then writing down what they hear. This step will be the full circle in a child’s learning related to phonics.
Another step in helping your children get a head start on their phonics for kindergarten is in practicing phonics while reading with your child. You can use the basic phonic methodology of having your child both identify the letters and make their sounds, and then blend sounds in order to read words.
Preparing a child, and walking through kindergarten phonics with them before they actually get to school, will help them as they begin their formal kindergarten reading classes. All the time you take, and effort you put in to your child’s reading journey will be like a deposit in their bank of learning that will surely bear interest in time.
Kindergarten Reading Exercises For Preparation
There are so many ways to help your child be successful before they even start school. There are a number of different reading games for kindergarten students that you may want to start on ahead of time. Your child will be far more comfortable if he or she gets a chance to learn and practice at home with you before they jump in with their classmates.
An excellent type of exercise you may want to try with your child is one with practicing sounds with both the capital and lowercase version of the letter. You can write the letters on different full size pieces of paper, and then use glue and yarn or string on the letters so that they have some texture.
After putting these together, the child can use each different letter card and run their fingers over the letters while sounding them out at the same time. This tactile game will greatly help all children, especially the kinesthetic learners.
There are variations on this type of exercise and it will greatly help your child get some understanding of phonics, letter recognition, and beginning reading before they come to class.
Reading, Reading and More Reading
One of the greatest exercises you can do with your child is to sit and read with them at every age. As they get closer to entering school, go through their books, word by word and point to each word as you pronounce it. As they learn phonics and begin to recognize words and letters and sounds, then let them point to each word as you read it.
Let your child repeat the word while pointing to the word and they will really enjoy their bedtime reading or nap time reading, as well as get more and more equipped for the beginning of their kindergarten reading.
Your child will greatly enjoy this time of reading with them from the time they are a toddler on. It is a beautiful, engaging time with your child that they will love. They will also learn from this time of interaction over words, sounds, and stories, and they will eventually want to read themselves through this process.
As you get ready to send your little one off to school for the first time, find out different ways to help prepare your child to be most equipped, and to be ready for the beginning of their education. Everything you put into getting your child ready for school in terms of reading and phonics will no doubt pay off in time. Read on.