Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Teaching your toddler to read

One of the question that I get asked a lot is "How do you teach your child how to read?" This is usually after they see Lil' C reading on her own either at the library or at school.

Lil' C started reading on her own around 32 months. At 3 years and 2 months, this is what she is reading. Her favorite princess book.

She is able to read the whole book by herself. I think she only missed 1 or 2 words from this story.

Frankly, I have no secret method to share. When Lil' C was around 9 months, I did try the Glenn Doman method. Unfortunately that only lasted 2 days! Both of us were so bored doing the flashcards. The Glenn Doman method is a good method but it is not for everyone.

I think what worked for Lil' C was the amount of reading that we did. Since I was at home with her all day, we read a lot. Probably around 10-20 books a day. When I was pregnant, I was not working and I went shopping everyday and I think I bought a book almost everyday! Usually I get them at Marshalls or TJMaxx which is like the reject shop. So their books are very cheap. That's why by the time Lil' C was born, she already had a huge collection and it is getting bigger everyday.

We also go to the library at least twice a week. The libraries here are really great. There is no limit to the number of books that u can check out. So we usually bring a whole stack home.

I guess what I did was instill the love of reading in Lil' C instead of forcing her to read. We would read all kinds of books from picture books to early reader books. I even bought her a kids dictionary & encyclopedia! Hey, they were 70% off! How could I resist! :) I am a bookworm myself, so reading to her was something that I really enjoy.

Through our daily readings, she started to pick up alphabets and soon words. Before I knew it, she started reading on her own. It's good that she's reading but to me, what was important was that she loves to read. It's the 1st thing she does when she wakes up every morning.

So what is my secret to teaching a toddler to read early? It's READ, READ and READ! Read to your kids as often as you can. Instill the love of reading in them and they will soon be picking up books on their own. Most of all, have fun reading! :)


miche said...

she must have a very good memory...does she know her phonics? just wondering.

and another secret is her mother is a runs in the genes. hehe

jean said...

Wow... lil' C is doing very well at her age. I am impressed that she can read so much and know so many words :)

Well done, mommy!

Ling That's Me said...

wow! ur girl is so clever! my girl (4 yo+) has not started to like to read bcuz her own mummy doesnt read :P
I will try to start reading to instil this good habits in their mind

JO-N said...

She's good. Reading is really a good habit to instil and you did a great job.

Happy CNY to you and your family.

Blur Mommy said...

Miche: yes, she knows her phonics too. Thanks to :)

Jean: Thanks for your kind words. :)

Ling: You can always start now. It's never too late to start. Good luck. :)

Jo-N: Thanks! I hope that she'll continue to love reading when she grows older. Happy CNY to u too. :)

Jessica said...

WOw!!! She is super advanced! That is amazing! I am still enforcing letter recognition...

Lian said...

I totally agree about the read, read, read. And love for reading is the way to go. Pushing them to learn doesn't get them anywhere. Wah, I wish to have access to library that allow unlimited books too! Unfortunately none so have to bargain hunt for books. And that is how my was born too.

delittleones said...

You did a great job. You really read a lot to her.

No wonder my lil girl still can't read. I only read to her when I have the time to do so. Must find more time to read to her.

Milly said...

I totally agree that young kids must be read to everyday to develop a love of language and reading. Make story telling fun and entertaining and they will soon be dying to read for themselves.

irenelim said...

really amazing. She really can read so good in her age. delittleones, same as me, i think we need to read more often. haha