7 Signs of Reading Readiness…
Are you wondering if your child is ready to read? Are you worried about pushing them to read before they are ready? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Here’s our list of the top 7 signs that your child is ready to read.
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Interest. This is a biggy. Your child should ideally show an interest in books and in learning how to read what is in the books. If they show a genuine interest, it will make the learning process so much easy. Help them to show an interest by taking them to the bookshop or library and letting them choose a book they like the look of. A good picture book is always a good idea as they are super eye-catching and spark the imagination.
Rhyme recognition. If they can listen to words and recognise when words rhyme, they will find it easier to learn to read. Phonemic awareness, which is the ability to recognise specific sounds within a word, is a crucial part of reading. For example, they can recognise that Cat and Bat both have ‘at’ within the word.
Syllable awareness. Can you child hear the difference between a one syllable word and a three syllable word. If so, this is a great help.
Book awareness. By this, I mean your child should recognise the right way to hold a book (not upside down!) and that, even though they don’t know how to read, they still have an idea of where the ‘beginning’ is (start from left to right).
Alphabet knowledge. Can your child recite the ABC’s? Can they differentiate a ‘d’ from a ‘b’? Do they know their uppercase and lowercase letters? If so, they are well on their way to reading success. Our book, the Alphabet World Adventure is a fun way to learn the alphabet.
Phonic awareness. Following on from knowing the alphabet, they should also have a good understanding of the sound that each letter makes. This is essential for them being able to start sounding out their first words.
Attention. Does your child pay attention to you when you read to them and show a genuine interest in the story? If not, they may find it hard to concentrate enough to actually read the words themselves. Help them pay attention by reading everyday with them and making it FUN! You don’t have to read for long. 10-15 minutes is plenty.
Hopefully this will help you recognise when your child is ready to tackle the task of learning to read and we hope you enjoy the journey with them.