How to use a
Kindergarten reading program?
When does a child begin to read?
Well, my son began reading short phrases at 2 1/2 years old. He was a normal baby just like any other. We started reading to him as soon as he was born. We also used a comprehensive and progressive reading program for babies. In retrospect, he was then my best "captive" attentive child as he had no distractions in life. It is sensible to read to a newborn before he could crawl away to explore the "world".
Yes, a toddler can have a headstart in preschool literacy, and in fact, it is a wise move to give him such a great foundation that provides stability and confidence. It is not a new concept anymore as literacy advances. It is not just educators, but parents who affirm pre kindergarten reading.
There are many little toddlers who can recognize words and apply them accurately. Today, many parents are learning to engage their babies to use their God-given senses. My son started matching words without the help of pictures..(words like: eyes, ears, nose, mouth). How do I know ?
I would prop him up on a bed/chair and show him word charts without pictures - one word at a time - without reading aloud. When he sees a word like "nose", he would point to his nose ....etc. and then all the different parts of the body. This was when he was about 6 to 8 months. Of course there is a process to follow before he reaches this stage.
Help your kids read early in life and moms and dads will have no worries about kindergarten readiness when they reach the age for preschool.
What’s in a Kindergarten Reading Program?
What distinctives should I look for in choosing a good program?
Here are some tips on how to choose a great Kindergarten Reading Program.
A good Kindergarten Reading Program MUST be:
A good kindergarten reading program MUST NOT:
Preschool reading skills can be mastered by way of phonics games, children poems, childrens' stories, or kindergarten sight words. I have used various programs with my child, from sight words to stories, to visuals and charts to encyclodpedia …etc and I centered on phonics as he learned best with this educational system. I have also tutored other kids using the phonic reading system and found that learning to sound words may be a slow process but it helps the child read more words in the long run. One of the Kindergarten Reading Program I used was Glenn Doman's book: How to Teach your Baby to Read
I started teaching him by using flashcards even before he began crawling. I had a captive audience. Truly, he was captivated by the word charts – just words with no pictures. Through that well attested program, my son was able to recognize significant number of words and was able to identify them by pointing to the respective objects.
Here are more preschool resources. Click on any of the links below.
How to introduce Preschool Reading
Kids have an innate desire to explore. Parents and caregivers should intentionally expose them to all kinds of literature. Look at some ways help your kids begin the love of literature.
How to teach preschool language using Phonics Lesson Plans
Use Phonic sounds to teach early readers. Help them to read new words independently.
Phonic Chart - introductory phonic words
Why reinvent the wheel? Make use of well-attested phonic charts to introduce words systematically and progressively.
Story Telling Guidelines
Children love to listen to stories. Their brains are stimulated with new words and vocabulary for their language skill and their attention span is stretched as they listen to interesting stories being told.