Don’t worry if your kindergarten child isn’t reading

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Entering kindergarten is a milestone in the life of every child, but contrary to what we believe, not all kindergarten children read at the end of the year and that’s fine. If your 5 or 6 year old kindergarten student isn’t reading by himself by the time he or she starts first or even second grade, don’t worry.

Children all learn at different rates, and the ability to read fluently sooner or later is not an indicator of future academic success. Kindergarten is such an exciting time in general and becoming an elementary school student is a transition for both of you. Entering school is fun and lays the foundation for learning for years to come.

Learning the basics in this first year includes not only academics, but also getting used to a routine, listening to a teacher, interacting with peers, and having fun. Kindergarten children need the socio-emotional aspects of school as much as they need vowels and visual words.

US News reports that experts say most children are six or seven when they really start to read and put sentences together. Before that, children learn the sounds of letters and how to combine them successfully. Children as young as nine months old benefit from reading, and parents should read to their children every day. Hearing the repetitive sounds of words and imitating the way you read are all part of a child’s necessary development.

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The small steps in learning to read

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Before a child takes a book chapter and understands a long history of paragraphs, he must first reach many small milestones. The first step in learning to read is to learn the alphabet and this catchy little song. Singing these ABCs is a fun way for toddlers to start to recognize what letters are and how they sound. When a baby becomes a toddler, he begins to imitate reading by picking up picture books and “reading” them.

Toddlers will turn the pages and repeat the words from memory. As preschool age approaches three or four, children will begin to match the sounds to each letter and echo the letters on their own. They may even start to recognize certain letters. Before kindergarten, children should be able to at least recognize their own name or the letter it begins with. It helps to find their locker or office and their own homework.

From there, children will begin to identify small common words such as: the, my, for, of, the one, my, etc. It is in kindergarten that children will begin to match words to sounds and recognize pictures of words and maybe even know how they sound. Very Well Family suggests that when reading to your child, you should review some reading rules from time to time. It would be things like explaining to you that you read from left to right and top to bottom. Use your finger to navigate under the words as you read them so they get a feel for what you are reading and how you are following the words in a book.

Third year is when reading really matters

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If the foundation of reading begins in kindergarten and grades one and two are used to perfect it, grade three is to put it to good use. Grade 3 students are eight years old and that’s when kids start reading to learn instead of learning to read. Children have developed their own deep interests at this time and will surely find a book on a subject that they will enjoy.

The school curriculum is also getting more serious this year and the kids are really starting to tackle more serious and in-depth topics. Children this age are expected to have the reading comprehension ability to read a story and answer specific questions about what they just read.

Phonemic awareness is the key

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To read, every child must master phonemic awareness, that is, know what sounds are in words. In the Hechinger Report article it is explained that the longer it takes children to understand phonics, the longer it will take them to learn to read, but you cannot say how many instructions each child will need. . Our primary school teachers are trained to teach reading in stages. However, as we know, every child is different. They all learn differently and at different rates. Some children are five when the phonics makes sense and some are seven.

Timothy Shanahan is an expert in teaching reading as well as a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his opinion, phonetics is essential from kindergarten to grade two. He is featured in the Hechinger Report above for his experiences in finding the best ways to teach children to read. He also said phonemic awareness should be the primary focus in kindergarten and first grade, and that children should also “be exposed to oral reading, reading comprehension and writing.”

Source: US News, Very Well Family, The Hechinger Report, Scholastic


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