Teach your child to read at home.

My life is simple! I'm passionate about teaching children to read quickly and easily, and and spending time with my dogs!
Miss Emma X

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I teach children to read and spell, and have yet to meet anyone who can teach a child, teenager or adult to read more quickly than I can. I think this is important to mention, because so many of the parents I support have been led to believe that it takes YEARS to teach a child to read. It doesn't - and teaching children to read is actually really easy, if you approach it as something FUN, and with every game and activity challenging but achievable. This is why it frustrates me so much to see children struggling to learn to read and spell (and - even worse- that they think there is something wrong with them?!) Of course it can be much easier to teach a child when I can be in the same room with them, but things are different, and I now teach parents how to teach their child at home! It's also so much easier because the most effective way to teach a child to read is to incorporate activities into daily life, and because you know your own child's likes and dislikes; a child is far more likely to want to explore words relating to trains if they are interested in playing with trains! You can be teaching your child to read and spell every day, throughout the day! - and they just think they are playing. Very soon they take over and enter the 'self-teaching' phase.  

I'm about to start a new pilot with toddlers, which means that I can further explore the best way to support parents. I can teach toddlers (2 - 3 year olds) to blend graphemes and read sentences consisting of words they understand, and the 'reading' skills they can achieve will depend on their language skills. It goes without saying that they aren't 'reading' if they don't understand the meaning of the words, even if they are 'decoding'. But parents often underestimate what children are capable of! If you take a 'speech to print' approach and ensure that they have the phonemic awareness skills needed to blend speech sounds together (for reading) and also to split them up (for spelling) then you are more or less guaranteeing that they will learn to read without difficulties. 

So let me give the 'simple steps to reading' that you can follow at home. If you join the new facebook group you can see announcements straight away and also join the Orthographic Mapping support group I am always on hand to offer tips and advice! Facebook.com/groups/OrthographicMapping 

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Although you can access full training as a member (essential if you are going to be teaching other parent's children) I am going to outline the basics here to get you started and show you how easy it is to teach your children to read before they start school...or because they can't go to school!   

First make sure you understand that we will be teaching the children to read and spell as part of a story, with characters such as the Speech Sound King, The Speech Sound Frog and the Speech Sound Duck. We must start with a focus on phonemic awareness. 

We are building up to The Learning Routine
You can see the Learning Routine as used in SSP classrooms. 

At home, or during tutoring, you would use the activities in the way that best suits the child. 
 

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