“Hey, I can read by myself. Do you want to see me read?” The two-year-old opened up Eric Carle’s “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and began to ‘read’ the words in a sing-song voice. When he came to the last page, he added “The End” and looked proudly at us.
“We’ve read that book together many, many times,” his mother told us. “If he is not sure of what the animal is when he comes to “I see a … looking at me,” he takes a quick peek at the next page and fills in the word. Is he really learning to read the book?” The mother asked.
“When will my child learn to read?” That question concerns parents of young children and drives them to teach ‘reading’ with flashcards and phonics drills even before their child turns two. Parents do have a significant part to play when their child is learning to read. Their role is to give their child a language and print rich environment. There is no set timetable by which a child must learn to read though most children do learn the basics by age 7.
In the following section, you will find posts written by parents and teachers on how young children learn to read. The early school years approach the task of teaching reading very systematically. Children learn best when they are given the freedom to move forward at their own pace. Rushing them through the ‘goals’ may show some early gains but these are quickly overshadowed by the performance of children who progress naturally through the sequence of skills.
We have taken into consideration that even if the child goes to an ‘English Medium’ school, English is still his or her second language. We will continue to add more posts on the topic here along with examples of activities that you can do with your children
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