Article Reading but doesn’t know the letters

MY PRE-SCHOOLER HAS BEEN TOLD BY HIS TEACHER TO READ ME A STORY EVERY NIGHT, SO HE DOES. BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW HIS LETTERS YET!

What your little boy is being taught, is to recite stories from memory; he isn’t being taught to read at all!

Children who ‘read’ without knowing the sound for each letter (and the sounds for letter teams such as sh and th) are either guessing, or reciting from memory – they are not reading.

I recommend you get organised and see that your son learns to read right now – before he becomes totally confused about how letters work..

Don’t wait for this teacher to teach him to read; she obviously doesn’t understand how written English works – so relying on her to teach your son to read might mean that he could have a lot of trouble with reading.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD RECITES, RATHER THAN READS?

Children who are reciting can ‘read’ a story even though:

  • they can’t tell you the sound each letter represents;
  • the book is upside down;
  • some of the pages have been removed/stuck together;
  • the child substitutes a similar word (e.g. horse for pony); or
  • they look elsewhere (such as at the ceiling/out the window) while they ‘read’.

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CONCENTRATE ON TEACHING THE SOUNDS FIRST

Don”t bother to teach him his letters just yet; it’s the sounds he needs to learn most. Learning letter names just confuses the issue for many children, because we don’t use letter names when we read.

Start him off on the Introduction to Phonemic Awareness videos. See how he goes. If he can’t do the activity even if he watches the videos 2 or 3 times, he’s just not ready to learn to read yet. Try again in 3 or 6 months.

If he can do the activity, take him through the Phonemic Awareness Course as slowly as necessary. (Slowly because he’s very young.)

Then, look at the courses I recommend on the Articles page of the website, under Courses, and see which online course he might enjoy, or use another good phonics course of your choice.

By doing these things, in a few months, your son will be a good reader, in spite of his teacher!