How to Teach your Kid to Read in 5 Easy Steps

As a homeschooling parent, the pressure to teach your kid to read is big. And to me it seemed like an enormous undertaking before I got going. A bit of a disclaimer here: only one of my twins can read confidently as I’m writing this. But I definitely feel much more equipped and confident now. So do you want to hear my secret? Well, I called in the big guns.

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1. Teach your Kid to Read by Nurturing a Love for Books

We have a lot of books in our house. And the kids often get books as gifts. And apart from that, we still read a story together most nights because it’s such a special way to bond and to wind down after the day. I think their exposure to many lovely books (aren’t kids’ books amazing nowadays?!) and the closeness of communal reading, has done a lot to nurture their love for reading.

2. Teach your Kid to Read by Being Patient

I found that reading came quite suddenly. It took quite a while to get to that point with Dominic, but once the fire was sparked it grew into an inferno. He’s not reading Kafka, but he tries to read everything he can. And I can see he enjoys the power it gives him. It’s easy to try and force the issue. Because we often feel the pressure as homeschooling parents for our kids to reach milestones at the ‘correct’ time. But a gentle approach definitely worked better for us. This is one of the most important facts that I’ve learnt about homeschooling so far.

3. Teach your Kid to Read by Going at their Pace

As I mentioned above, only one of my kids can read now. But going at their pace is vital to ensure that reading remains a positive and enjoyable experience. The beginning of spelling out words can be tedious and you’ll have to grit your teeth. But just think of the joy and accomplishment your child feels from having achieved something so exciting. A whole new world opens up to them.

4. Teach your Kid to Read by Taking them to the Library

You’ll never be able to keep up with all the new books. If your kids are like mine, they can quickly memorize books. So you’re not really sure if they are reading or reciting the book. So your library is going to be your best friend. I let the kids choose what they want, even if the books are higher than their level. Once again, this is an important step in building independence. And children, like adults, tend to be more motivated to learn if they are interested in something.

5. Teach your Kid to Read with Technology

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with teaching your kid to read with something like Reading Eggs or ABCmouse. Both programmes have a lot of research behind them. They are constantly being updated and improved. And they are fun and engaging. Not to mention that fact that they will work at your child’s pace. As long as you reinforce what your child learns with readalouds and other positive reading experiences, then there is no need to feel bad about letting the experts teach your child! My children adore these programmes. And they still love reading books. It’s a win win situation in my mind!

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Charlotte Jones

Charlotte Jones is a multi-tasking WAHM. She's mom to rambunctious special needs twins, wife to a talented music man and pillow to a super affectionate doxie. She spends her days marketing, blogging, homeschooling and teaching English online. And spends her weekend splashing through rivers, strolling on beaches and trekking through forests.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this. I have a struggling reader, and we are following the same approach. Some days it is hard to be patient, but I know he will get their on his own time. He already has a love for books, so that is a huge win. It simply means extra snuggles for me while I read aloud to him every day.

    1. Awesome! It is hard to be patient. 😀 But luckily homeschooling allows for a gentler and more relaxed approach! And a love for books is such a huge step in the right direction! Yay for snuggles!! 🤗

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  3. teamcartwrightblog says:

    Teaching patience is so important! Learning to read can be tough, so anything that teaches kids to sit still and keep trying is great.

    1. Absolutely! My kids are ADHD, so we need something that really grabs them. Otherwise it’s ants in the pants. 😀

  4. I love this! we had a 3 year old with a speech delay but struggle to get him to listen to a book when it’s read to him (he’s just not interested) so i’ll remember these as we progress

    1. It is hard with busy kids. I know the feeling! 🙂 I guess anything that helps them build a positive association with reading is positive. And lots of patience!

  5. Building that love of reading is so huge. My kids also liked using ABC Mouse and an app called Starfall.

    1. Absolutely! We must look at Starfall. Thanks for the recommendation!

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