How To Teach Your Kids To Read At Home


As a parent and former educator teaching children is a passion of mine. Learning to read is one of the most important skills a child will learn in his lifetime. We live in a world where success and literacy are very closely aligned. However, parents should not be to anxious and need to understand that not all kids learn to read at the same pace. Therefore, parents should not be too concerned if their 3-year-old has not shown any interest in learning to read just yet. Most kids learn to read between the ages of 5 – 7 years old. Learning to read is a process and the information below is merely a guide on how to teach your kids to read and you may apply some or all of these teaching techniques. Choosing the right book or right teaching method is dependent on the child and parents should remember that the most important teaching trait is persistence and perseverance.

Pre-learning Preparation- Read Aloud To Your Child.

Parents are encouraged to read to their kids, even if they are very young. You can even start as early as your child being a few days old. Your child may not understand what you are reading to him, but he will eventually become familiar with books and develop a love for books. If you read often to them then kids will start to expect fun and enjoyable stories which they will look forward to. This quality time spent with their parents will foster interest in the child to read books on his own. Enjoyment while reading is one of the best motivators to encourage children to start reading on their own. Aim to read at least 2-3 books a day to your child. Develop a routine and stick with it.


Understanding The Story

Kids need to learn the alphabet but learning to read is also about a child understanding the narrative. If a child cannot comprehend what he is reading, then there is no point in reading at all. Ask questions after you have read a page or two, this will encourage your child to interact with the book and understand the story. Parents should teach their kids to recall the events in the sequence they occur.

Inspire Your Child To Learn With Personalized Books

If you are struggling to get your child to show interest in books then personalized children’s books can inspire them. Personalized children’s books will bring your child’s unique character to life and you will notice a big change in their interest in books.

Teach By Example

Kids model their behavior on adults, more especially you their parents. A child who has developed a love for reading could very easily lose interest if she does not see her parents also reading. Make time to read something every day, newspaper, magazine or even a cookbook, and make certain that your child sees you read. Show your child that reading is something adults do as well, and it is fun and entertaining.


Environmental Print

Take advantage of the teachable moments when they come along. We are surrounded by environmental print like road signs, restaurant signs, posters, clothing labels etc. Kids may be curious about environmental print and this may present an opportunity to teach him in a natural and practical setting.

Memorizing the alphabet is important but rote learning is not the best way to produce long term results. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal is the goal to foster a lifelong love of learning so the method of learning should be just as important as learning itself. Try putting up signs, labels, words and even your child’s name up on the walls of his room. This will create a curiosity within him, and he will ask you about it.


Familiar Words

Start with words that your child is already familiar with. This might be his name or nouns that could be accompanied by pictures. However, make sure that there are not too many words on a page. Begin with single terms and then progress to phrases and sentences.

Big Bold Print and Pictures

Use big bold print that is easy to see and easy to read. Pictures or illustrations can be used in the beginning and will assist the child to identify the word he is reading.


Books They Enjoy Reading

Take your child to the library and have him select the books he wants to read. Children are more motivated to read if it is material they enjoy.

Start with books that are not too difficult for them as this could be discouraging. If there are more than five words on a page your child does not recognize then try something less challenging.

Sounding It Out

Once your child knows the sound each letter makes then he is able to put it together to form a word. Encourage him to say each individual sound, c-a-t, and then put it together to form cat.

As kids sound out the words more frequently, they will become more proficient in identifying those words.

Create A Cozy Reading Corner

Create a reading corner and get your child involved in the process. Choose a theme that she would enjoy, perhaps a beach theme with beach towels and beach balls and seashells. Make it an area where your child would want to hang out and feel comfortable. Off course add lots of books that she enjoys, to the reading corner.

Bring Your Books To Life

After reading a book take your child on a real-life adventure related to the book. Perhaps If you read about horses, take him to visit a horse farm.

Read The Book, Then Watch The Movie

Choose books that have been turned into movies. After you have read the book together, plan a movie night, with popcorn and treats, and watch the movie together. This is a great way to motivate reluctant readers.

Give Books As Gifts

Lastly get into the habit of giving your kids’ books as gifts. Inscribe something in the books to tell your child why he is so special. Help them find books to give to their friends as gifts for birthdays and special occasions. This will help them foster positive associations with books and it teaches them that books are a way to connect to others.

8 thoughts on “How To Teach Your Kids To Read At Home”

  • Thanks for your tips on how to teach kids to read at home! To my understanding and experience, children wouldn’t want to read voluntarily unless they are forced to do so. It becomes the parents’ responsibility to teach their kids from a tender age how to get busy with their books, so they can find it so easy when they grow up and find themselves in higher classes. Children who never received this parental responsibility will find it challenging to read when they get to higher learning stages. Thanks for your helpful and inspiring post!


    • Hi Joyce, thank you for commenting on my article. I believe that if parents start reading to their kids from early in the child’s life then the child will gradually develop a love of reading. It’s also important that parents set a good example by themselves reading on a regular basis.

  • Good day, I am pleased to come this important information. Teaching our kids how to read is very crucial and many parents turn a blind eye a blind to that, making it a complete role for teachers at school. Nurturing and educating kids should be done by caregivers, and those are the parents. I’m thrilled to know the ways if teaching our kids how to read, this is helpful.

    • Ho Kokontala, thank you for taking the time to read my article. Well said, nurturing and educating children should also be the responsibility of parents and not just the teachers.

  • Reading to your baby and kids is such an enjoyable activity and should be done on a regular basis from a very young age. I started reading to my boys when they were newborn, which meant that books became a part of their growing up. Sometimes we would just share a book together and talk about the pictures on the page, but it all helped that when they then started learning to read, that they enjoyed it.  

    Even when kids have learnt to read, they still enjoy it if you read them a story at bedtime. 

    • Hi, thank you for taking the time to comment on my article. I share your sentiment on reading to babies regularly from a young age. It is an absolutely enjoyable activity and a wonderful opportunity to bond with your child.

  • What an interesting topic for me. I will be soon having a child and I was wondering how I could teach my child to love reading and education in general. The love for books and learning that I have, was developed at a very young age. My godparents were responsible for this. They owned a bookstore and any time I went by they would offer me a book. Even though they have retired they still keep a large number of books and I take full advantage of it. Every time I pay them a visit I am allowed to go to the basement and grab as many books as I like. Thanks for the article.

    • Hi Nektarios, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It’s lovely to meet a fellow book enthusiast. Congratulations on the impending arrival of your baby and I hope the little one shares your love of reading.

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