How to Teach a 3 Year Old to Read
So, what do you do when you want to know how to teach a 3 year old to read? For any parent, one of the best things that you can do is encourage your children to take up the positive mantle of reading.
Reading is one of the best things that our children can do. It is the perfect way for them to express themselves, and to learn about a world that might pass them by without the right kind of support structure.
That is where you come in as the parent. You want to help your children learn how to read. What can you do to make the exercise a touch easier for both of you?
4 Simple Tips
1. Work on their vocab
The best thing to do with a young child is to help them improve their vocabulary and their overall grasp of the language itself. You could be using phonics to help them learn, or you could be using a variety of unique reading materials.
One thing that we recommend that you do is that you try and spend as much time as you can helping them to become more open with their choice of words.
The reason why this matters is that you need to give the child the chance to be able to develop quickly and clearly. By age 4, a child should be able to speak in sentences as long as 5-8 words on a regular basis.
That is why you want to make sure that you give them as much reading material at age 3 as you can: you want to prepare them for that particular part of the process. For most parents, the best thing that you can do at this stage in their life is to just encourage that they keep on reading.
2. Make reading fun
One of the worst things that you can do at age 3, though, is to treat reading like it’s some form of school work or lesson. Make reading fun.
The best way to help someone aged 3 to learn is to help wrap up the education in a package of fun. So, instead of having them ‘read to you’, why not suggest that you read a story together?
You can play around a bit. Some funny voices, some interesting character impersonations, that kind of thing.
You can make it a bit more fun for the little one to read about and hear about. It’s about trying to make it fun and interactive. The more into it you are, the more likely it is that your child will share the enthusiasm that you share for the story.
By making sure that you start to make reading fun, your children are far more likely to be able to join in. There is no need for academic pressure or demands at such a young age.
The aim should instead be to make sure you have a child who is having fun, enjoying their reading, and is developing at a steady rate.
3. Find the right kind of reading material
A big problem for a lot of parents is perhaps picking the wrong kind of books to read with their children. It’s easy done, and hard to remedy.
You might want to introduce them to a book that they are going to find easy to read – but is it going to excite them? You might also wish to introduce them to your own favorite book series. But is it a touch early for that?
Make sure that you remember they are just three years of age. That means that you should be looking to find books that educate as much as you look to find books that have fun stories.
For example, we recommend that you try and find books that you can give your child to read over that explains to them about the diversity of the world. For example, it’s important to open your child’s eyes from a young age to the importance of respecting and understanding other cultures.
This will help to give your child a book reading experience that lets them learn about the world. Try and find books that might talk about things they are already interested in, but introduce important topics to do with diversity and cultural understanding.
That is a good way to help make sure that your child is learning a lot of important lessons whilst you help them to become the best reader that they can be.