I always love reading to my students. I also love teaching them to read by themselves too.
Learning to read is in no way an easy experience. In order to read at even the most basic level requires mastery of syntax, phonology, morphology, and semantics at a minimum. These are skills that we expect a child normally under the age of 8 to show some proficiency at.
This post will explain a process for teaching reading to small children that worked. Of course, there is no claim here that this is the way but it does provide an example. When I began this experience I had been an educator for years at higher grades but had never actually taught anybody how to read. My training and experience have mostly been in improving reading comprehension skills.
The process I stumble upon goes as follows
- Letter recognition
- Letter sound production
- Word family phonics
- Sight words
- Reading stories with support from steps 3 & 4
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