Learning to read isn’t one single act, it involves mastering a series of smaller skills and concepts, like developing fine motor skills and learning that letters and words convey meaning. Beginning reading books use a combination of story ideas, word choice, visual images and layouts to help reinforce basic literacy concepts for early readers.
Children are ready to read at different ages. Some are ready at three (but not most) and others still lack interest at six. However, most children are ready for beginning reading books when they know the letters of the alphabet out of order and the sounds they make, as well as show an interest in reading.
Here are a few indications that your child may be ready to learn to read:
Either way, make sure to have plenty of books in your home. Studies have confirmed having books in your home alone will make a difference in your child’s reading success.
Beginning reading books will motivate your child by providing them with immediate reading success.
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