Learning to Read


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

Join us in giving our children a love of reading!

Learning to Read: Introduction

Benefits of Reading

Read To Me Daddy – Importance Of Reading To Children

Reading and Writing in Young Children: Reader Response

Story Maps To Develop Young Readers’ Comprehension

Reading to Young Children: Tips for Indian Parents

Vocabulary Development While Reading Aloud

Making Predictions and Reading Comprehension

Text to Self Connection and Reading Comprehension

Sequencing Skills and Reading Comprehension

Story Elements and Reading Comprehension

Comprehension: Learning to Read

Why Rhymes Are Important When Learning To Read

Phonemic Awareness Activities at Home

The Role of Fluency in Learning to Read

Vocabulary and Learning to Read

Phonics Instruction and Learning to Read

Phonemic Awareness and Learning to Read

Developing A Fluent Reader: Tips for Parents

Developing Children’s Vocabulary: Tips for Parents

Five Fun Rhyming Activities To Do At Home

Vocabulary Development: Monsoon Theme

Animals and Their Babies: Vocabulary Development and Increasing Conceptual Knowledge

Having Fun While Learning Vocabulary Words (Wild and Tame Animals)

Learning New Vocabulary Words: Student Flipbooks

Enhancing Language Development Using Oral Storytelling

Fostering Language Development in Young Children

Is Your Child’s Language Purposeful?


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