Learning to read

4P’s of Starting to Read (Ep 46)

starting to read

Starting to Read with a focus for progress

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It’s natural to wonder how to kickstart your child’s reading journey, especially if they’re in the early stages of starting to read. The process can sometimes feel overwhelming, whether your child is at home or in school. To simplify, let’s break it down into four essential “P” elements.

In this episode about starting to read, you will learn:

  • Phonological Awareness: Think of this as reading with the lights off. It’s about building the foundational skills in your child’s brain that prepare them for reading. Activities like rhyming and breaking words into sounds are crucial. Start early, even from birth, to develop these skills.
  • Phonics: Phonics is a methodical approach to teaching reading by connecting sounds with letters. Familiarize yourself with phonemes (units of sound) and graphemes (how they look) to help your child understand the relationships between letters and sounds. Stick to a systematic synthetic phonics program to ensure comprehensive learning.
  • Patience: Learning to read takes time, especially in the early stages when your child is sounding out words. Be patient as they navigate this process, even when they take longer to read a word or make mistakes. It’s a gradual journey.
  • Purpose: Make reading purposeful for your child. Show them that reading isn’t just about books but a tool for understanding the world. This perspective encourages them to see the importance of reading beyond the confines of stories.

Remember, every child progresses at their own pace, so prioritize the “P” that aligns with where your child is in their starting to read journey.

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The information contained above is provided for information purposes only. The contents of this episode are not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on any of the contents of this podcast. Professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from taking any action as a result of the contents of this podcast. Sarah Travers disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this episode.


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