Teaching Your Child How to Read at Home


  • ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE:  Does your child know what sound each letter makes, including the short vowel sound* for letters a, e, i, o, and u?
  • PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS, or paying attention to the sounds within words:  Can your child answer questions like these, without looking at the words written down,
      • “Which of these words starts with the same sound as moon:  b-b-bed, m-m-map, or n-n-nest?” (Emphasizing and drawing out sounds, not letters, at the beginning of each word).
      • “Train, Jane, plain, rain…what’s another word that rhymes with these?”

These basic skills are necessary for your child to learn how to read easily, and there are so many fun ways to help your child learn and practice them:  think games, puzzles, songs, educational videos and apps, etc.! You can also click on the links above or contact your child’s teacher for more specific ideas.

And when these skills are looking strong…

What’s the C.O.W. (Concept of Word in text) sequence for teaching beginning reading?

Click here for steps 1-2-3 to follow while reading together, to help your child develop a “concept of word in text” to become a beginning reader!

How do I build my child’s “bank” of sight words?

Click here to find some ideas for how to use your child’s “word bank” to build reading fluency and to learn how English spelling works!

What if my child resists the entire process?  

Learning to read is hard work for most kids, but it doesn’t have to be miserable!  Click here for ideas about how to keep things manageable, and (hopefully) even enjoyable, for everyone.

You’re off on a learning journey together with your child. 

The PALS Literacy Specialists at Illuminate Education are here to support you.  If you have any questions, or if you would like to share your own ideas for teaching reading skills, please contact us at support@palshelp.com.

Be kind and patient with each other, and above all, remember to have fun, when you can, on the road to reading!