Now many parents are concerned that their child learn to read as early as possible. Once on one forum I read the correspondence of moms who quite seriously discussed the possibility of learning to read children 1-2 years of age. I have always been not so radical.
It seems to me that it will be very good if my youngest daughter starts reading books before entering the first class. I have experience learning a child to read. The eldest daughter started reading at the age of 5. I’ll try to tell you how the learning process went.
After my own introductory word, it is somehow inconvenient for me to say that my daughter learned the alphabet in 2 years. I did not have such a goal, we just had one favorite book by Marshak, where the poems tell about each letter. Naturally, I pointed to the letters and called them.
For myself, it was amazing that after a while my daughter began to call letters. By the way, she began to speak after learning the alphabet. I even think that the study of letters somehow pushed this process back on track, but I cannot vouch for my words, I think, sooner or later, my daughter would start talking anyway.
Love for books
Before teaching a child to read, it is necessary to arouse this desire from him. Very often I hear the phrase from my parents: But my baby does not like books at all. Maybe you failed to interest him? Today, so many beautiful publications, books can be found for every taste and budget. The boy can not live without machines? Read about his favorite cars. A girl fit colorful editions about princesses.
Start reading is never too early. I presented the first book of my younger daughter for 1 month. At first, we simply showed large pictures with shifty eyes, then read poems. I think she liked it. Now we read mostly before bedtime, and also just spend leisure time reading.
We read by syllables
When I decided to teach my older daughter to read, we started by reading syllables. For a long time we did not succeed. She simply refused to accept that the letter M and A in combination give the syllable ma. At the same time, we began to attend classes with a speech therapist, since The daughter did not pronounce some sounds.
Speech therapist told us to prescribe entire lines of block letters and at the same time repeat them aloud, but in the form of sounds. That is, if we write the letter ME, we speak aloud the sound of m. Then we began to write down syllables and also repeated their ears. It was at this stage that the daughter began to perceive the letters in the form of separate sounds, which, when combined, give syllables, which in turn form words.
As soon as this understanding came to her, she stopped reading by syllables, and began to perceive the words as a whole. Books in which the text is divided into syllables are not useful to us, because it was even harder for her daughter to digest the information.
Now we have a ritual. In the evening, I go with my daughters on our big bed with my husband, the eldest daughter reads her book, and I read the youngest daughter. Or the older one reads some younger children’s book, no one forces her, moreover, she sometimes entices me to allow her to read out loud.
She just does it with a lot of digressions, in faces and our little one laughs so much that afterwards she doesn’t want to go to bed at ease. I think that being able and loving to read is great. I myself read everything from classics to modern detectives, and I really want my daughters to have this habit.
What do you think, when to start teaching children to read?