Being able to read is essential for your child’s life. Why? Because it helps him gain self-confidence, it opens his mind to learning and discovering new things, and it even helps him succeed in life.
Your child can start talking at a very early age, but this does not mean he/she will be a good reader. But it is definitely an advantage. It is up to you as a parent to develop the love for reading. Don’t wait until you child goes to pre-school to start. Remember you are your child’s first teacher, this is why it is very important to read to him. The best time to start teaching your child to read is at an early age.
Many children learn to read when it is mixed with fun activities like games. Read stories to your child and ask him what he thinks about the story. Also many children show an interest for books at an early age. I have a 2 year old that likes to sit and stared at the pages in the books. If this is your situation, that’s great because there is no better time to start that when the child is already interested.
There are a lot of things you can use like sight words flashcards, word games, etc.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I have an 8 year old that does NOT like reading and I have to be honest, is mainly my fault. When he was a baby I had two jobs and my husband was deployed, when I usually got home he was already asleep. I was out from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, so I did not
have make that special time for reading. When I decided to stay home he already was in kindergarten and now is not the easiest task to get him to read. He does read quite well, but he still needs to improve. For my 2nd and 3rd babies I had a new attitude and decided to start early and it has been a blessing. That is why it is important to start early because children are like sponges at that age they absorb everything.
One of my favorite programs for learning to read is Hooked on Phonics. As I said before, I homeschool and The Hooked on Phonics has helped my youngest kids to get a jump-start on early reading.
To help my kids learn to read I have also used LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System, School Zone Flashcards, World Word videos, and games.