5 steps to teach your child to read


Dr Richard C. Woolfson

magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

Your child’s initial interest in reading stems from all those wonderful stories you read to her from a very early age. Her eyes light up as the story progresses, and by the age of two or three, she probably points to the pictures on the pages as you mention them.

Once she reaches this stage, you may try to get her to read simple words herself.

If you are really keen, you might even attempt to teach your three or four-year-old early phonics (that is, the sounds each letter makes).  But don’t be surprised if she’s unwilling to try reading individual letters – she just might not be ready.

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