At What Age Do Kids Start Reading?
Reading and writing are something we adults take for granted. Yet, these two skills aren't something we are naturally born with. While a human being has the cognitive possibility of obtaining the reading/writing skill, if it is not supported by interest, practice, and the right methods, it can result in the inability to read and write later in life.
Bearing this in mind, it is the responsibility of the parent to support their child and find ways to make the learning to read process a fun one. If you are a parent or you are going to become one, there is nothing to be afraid of. Yes, it can be a challenging role, but that is what makes it fun. It is a unique experience and the fact that you help your kid become a productive and empathetic individual is the reason that should give you enough motivation to push forward and overcome any obstacles.
But when should your child start to read? We can tell you that the answer to this one can’t be unanimous. Why? While most kids have partially developed reading skills at the age of 7, not all kids make progress at the same rate and some develop the initial interest much earlier than others.
As soon as your child becomes a kindergartener and first grader, they will be presented with a number of letters, sounds, and words. So why don’t you make the learning reading experience a simple one and start early?
Supporting Your Child Throughout the Learning Reading Process
Before getting into the reading milestones (by age) we want to suggest the importance of making the learning reading experience a fun one. The Children Learning Reading program serves as an excellent guide on how to approach the process and support your child’s learning interest.
It is not something that should be frightening to you or your child – in fact, making it a part of their playtime and routine will lead to better fun and overall satisfaction on both sides. There are numerous ways you can make the learning process enjoyable and effective.
First, engage in singing and rhyming to help your child learn and recognize different letters and sounds. There are a number of alphabet song variations that you can use as a part of the learning experience.
Along with that, engaging in rhymes and search-and-find games (by using magazines and asking your child to find certain letters) is a great way to motivate your child into memorizing and positively associating reading and writing. Once you think they are ready, go outside to where there is sand and ask them to mimic and scribble the letters and written words they are familiar with.
Story reading is an essential part of the process and it is something you should engage in from when your child is young. It is not uncommon for a toddler to request a story to be read, and it is your duty to do so. But toddlers should also be able to retell or connect the story to a familiar object and thus develop an initial skill of understanding prints and written words.
The Reading Milestones Your Child Should Go Through
As we mentioned above, there is no unanimous conclusion on the right time for your kid to learn to read. On the other hand, there are recommended milestones that are seen as set goals which your kid should achieve. The Children Learning Reading program can come in handy as there is a number of different tips on how to approach a certain growth stage (toddler, preschooler, kindergarten, etc.).
It all starts when your child is an infant. During the infancy period, kids learn that gestures and sounds have a meaning, and try to respond by pointing at objects or using their own vocalization skills. Apart from that, they develop the skill of recognizing a certain person and connecting them to a word (mom, dad. etc.) as well as to know to direct their attention to one point.
As soon as your child turns 12 months, they enter the toddler stage. While this stage is the most challenging one for some parents, it can prove to be quite fun because toddlers are curious and open to learning about everything and anything.
Still, it is your duty to monitor them in the process and react to both negative and positive behavior by ignoring or rewarding their actions. You should let a toddler use their five senses to explore the book by listening, touching, and even pretending to read the story. A toddler should be able to retell their favorite parts as well as answer related questions. Leave the book accessible to your kid and let them explore it while you are away.
A preschool-aged child (from the age of 3 to 4) should be able to recognize letters in their names as well as know a number of written words. The best way to help them understand the print is by taking their finger and underlining the text as you read it. Chances are that they will enjoy listening to longer stories and they will try to mimic your vocals.
Give them a bucket of sand and ask them to write their name or the initial few letters of their name. Teach them the alphabet song and test them on known letters and syllables with colorful flashcards.
Once your child reaches the kindergarten stage, they should know around 20 written words, and be able to identify and recognize different letters, sounds, and numbers. Along with that, they will know the difference between the main plot and the conclusion, and be ready to discuss the moral of a story.
As soon as your child starts school, they will be introduced to a number of new written words, objects, and spelling. They will start reading stories on their own, finding the meaning, and identifying the difference between a narrative and persuasive writing style. By the age of 12, your kid should be fully literate and able to write their own stories including fiction, biographies, and even poetry.
While learning how to read is not something that happens overnight, it can still be a more or less effective process depending on the methods you use and the ways you engage with your child about it. Instead of making it a burden, make it something that your child will look forward to by making it a fun experience.