Do you teach reading? If you’ve found yourself here I’m certain you teach reaching in one form or another, and you’re probably looking for some tips for teaching reading to preschoolers.
Whether you read bedtime stories to your preschooler or you are a reading specialist in an elementary school, you are teaching your child to read. Here are five tips for teaching reading to your preschooler from a veteran teacher.
Tips for Teaching Reading to Preschoolers
There is a lot that goes into teaching reading to preschoolers.
Hold on a minute…I know what you are thinking. Teaching reading to preschoolers isn’t developmentally appropriate!
But I did say that there is a lot that goes into teaching reading. It’s more than just letters and sounds. In fact, there are four components to teaching reading to preschoolers. I’ve written about them here: The “Big Four” of Preschool Literacy Instruction.
These are the four components of early literacy:
But you may be asking how to put all those components together to teach your preschooler how to read. Let me share with your my top tips for teaching reading to preschoolers.
How to Teach Preschoolers to Read
Now, teaching reading really is a complex process, but in preschool, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources available to help you give your child the very best start in learning how to read.
One of my favorite supplemental resources is Reading Eggs. I’ve written about this great program before, and now the program is even better since they now have corresponding workbooks to go along with their online program. Thank you Reading Eggs for partnering with me on this post.
And be sure to grab the discount code at the end of this post.
Here are five amazing tips for teaching reading to preschoolers!
1. Select Developmentally Appropriate Activities
When teaching reading to preschoolers, activities must be developmentally appropriate. That means you are not trying to engage your child in an activity that is above their scope of learning. Just like you wouldn’t expect a toddler to adequately and appropriately use a fork before picking up foods with his fingers, you wouldn’t expect a child learning to read to be able to interchange sounds in a word before being able to recognize those individual sounds.
This is one of the best parts of the Reading Eggs workbooks. They are designed to directly correspond to the online lessons, and since the online lessons are based on mastery, you can count on the workbooks being just as developmentally appropriate. It doesn’t hurt that they are full of bright, colorful pages and have the same fun and familiar characters as from the online program.
2. Build Stamina Gradually
Reading takes a lot of work on the child’s part, not just the teacher. The brain has to work. And work hard. Did you know that three different parts of the brain have to simultaneously be activated just to read a single three-letter word? So when preschoolers are learning to read, they have to take their literacy instruction in small doses. It’s not just an attention thing, it’s the fact that their brain gets fatigued.
The Reading Eggs workbooks approach early literacy learning in small, manageable snippets for young learners. While there are four complete pages for each letter (one per day for many reading programs), each page is packed full of all the most important early literacy skills necessary for learning how to read without being overwhelming to the child. Simply put, they help build reading stamina.
3. Be Picky About the Resources You Use
Let’s face it, not all reading resources are created equal. Not only are there multiple approaches to teaching reading to preschoolers, but some resources are much more complete and developmentally appropriate than others. It’s important to do your research and to not settle for less than what is best for your child.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money for some of the best reading resources. I’ve personally used multiple supplemental online reading programs and Reading Eggs really is my favorite, and I have to say, their workbooks are just as good as their online program. Lots of fun activities fill the pages all while being developmentally appropriate.
Don’t forget to grab the discount code at the end of this post.
4. Make Reading and Writing Connections
Reading and writing are related in many ways. That is, reading and writing depend upon many of the same skills, strategies, and knowledge — though those are deployed in different ways in reading and writing. In fact, about 70% of the variation in reading and writing abilities are shared. For example, decoding and spelling are so closely aligned and learning to both pronounce and spell words simultaneously helps to increase decoding fluency.
The Reading Eggs workbooks parallel the online program, and the designers have taken these facts into account. In any letter set of worksheets, children practice letter identification, letter sounds, and beginning sound recognition alongside letter formation. Actually, each workbook covers over 200 reading skills! And, each letter set practices those skills in new and unique ways, so your child doesn’t get bored.
5. Use Appropriate Assessments
Using appropriate assessment is a key component of teaching reading to preschoolers. But the thing is, having your preschooler sit for an hour to be drilled orally is not the best form of assessment. It’s not fun for the preschooler, nor is it the most accurate. Even in such an assessment might spit out a handy printable.
Instead, some of the most valid kinds of assessments come in the form of observation or short and sweet worksheets. The Reading Eggs workbooks make a quick way to assess a child’s learning in addition to the quick assessments the online program offers. They make handy “proof” that are great for hanging on the fridge or sending home with parents.
Don’t forget to grab the discount code at the end of this post.
That’s Not All. That is Not All.
Because these workbooks are new to the Reading Eggs program, you can receive at 10% discount on your purchase! Use coupon code: WK1031LSZAD.
Here’s the link: https://www.readingeggsshop.com/workbooks/
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.