How to teach a 4 yr old to read and write?
If you want her to be good at both, read to her EVERY day. The evidence showing the link between reading to a child and the child’s later reading skills is overwhelming.
You can introduce her to the alphabet but she will not fully understand that letters make sounds that are then strung together to make words. The reason she will not understand is that developmentally, she is not ready.
Having said that, make a book with her of 26 pages and put the letters of the alphabet at the top. After she learns the song, tell her that you will add pictures of things that stat with each letter. For example, find a picture of a CAT and glue that into the C page. Continue to fill the book over time.
But please don’t try to teach her to read and write yet. If she finds it hard, she will think that learning is not fun.
And with the book reading to kids, it doesn’t hurt, but its not the reading, its the bonding during the reading time, which is good for kids.
By the way, having kids listen to Beethoven is conclusively not doing anything for the kid.
As far as writing, I would begin with creating small flash cards and having the child use play dough to recreate the letter shape. As they are ready to move to markers, crayons, and pencils make the activity fun. Zoo Phonincs offers pre-writing and handwriting exercises that correspond to each letter.
The best way to help your child read, is to read to them at least 15 minutes everyday.
Hopes this helps. Good Luck.
The main thing is we don’t pressure her. We treat it like a game, and so it’s something she enjoys. We do not expect her to read the letters but we tell her she did a great job when she recognizes a letter.
Now when we pass stores or signs she’ll tell us, “Mommy there’s an ‘R’ over there,” or “I see ‘S’!” Sometimes she’ll even pull off something like “Look S-T-O-P! What Does that mean?”
As far as writing goes, give her playdough, beads to string, and paper without lines and fat crayons. She needs to develop muscle strength and eye-hand coordination to write. Don’t expect reading and writing skills to necessarily develop at the same time. It’s possibleto force academics on 4’s but it’s usually a struggle and can turn the kid off to learning. If you wait until kindergarten or, even better, first grade, the whole experience is easier and more pleasant. And Yale doesn’t care how old you were when you learned to read.
As parents, you’re the most important first step in your children’s journey into the wonderful world of reading. It is up to you to create the most supportive environment that turns your child on to reading – such as reading aloud to them often during the day and before bedtime, and placing age appropriate books for children around the house, so that the child will have access to plenty of books. Reading often to your child will help develop their interest in books and stories, and soon they will want to read stories on their own.
For a simple, step-by-step program that can help your child learn to read visit this site: http://readingprogram.toptips.org
Have lots of books available to look at
read to the child
set up play situations that require reading and writing
such as a resturant with menus and order pads.
and recipe cards that move from pictures to words.
Educators are stressing Phonemic awareness which goes a bit beyond the phonics we had as kids.
here is a good article on the subject
personally not a fan of phonics but here is a site that a lot of people like http://www.starfall.com
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