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Straight Talk About ReadingI was reading fluently when I was 3 years old, so I don't remember how I learned to read. Moreover, I was reading in my native Russian, and it's quite different from English. Russian is a lot more phonetic - letters and sounds generally match together quite well. That's why I decided to read up on how reading is taught in schools by picking up a book in the library called Straight Talk About Reading. This book is rather old, and I think that the pendulum between phonetic approach and whole language approach swung again towards phonics since it was written. The book makes a passionate case for phonics and goes into detail about how to promote reading at home starting in infancy and continuing through early school years. Since I have a toddler, I concentrated on prerequisites for reading. According to the authors, the following three things have to happen before the reading can start:
Three Signs of Being Ready to Read
- Awareness about print and how a book is read
- Knowledge of the names of the letters
- Awareness of the speech sounds in words (phonetic awareness)
I will expand on each of these points and how we go about accomplishing them in the other posts in "Learning to Read" series
Did your child learn to read before school? How did you know that she or he is ready?
More About Teaching Preschoolers to ReadFrom my blog:
- Starting Literacy with Starfall
- A Reading Readiness Checklist
- Practicing Phonetic Awareness
- How to Teach Children to Read Early
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