But you don’t know where to begin. Well, you’re in luck, because I do. And for the next few months I am going to offer a sequenced approach to teaching reading to a beginner.
Reading starts with hearing sounds properly. Make sure your child can hear the 44 or so sounds of English. How? You say a sound and ask the child to repeat the sound. If the child can repeat the sound properly, he or she can hear it properly. If not, work on the few sounds which your child cannot pronounce. Say words with the sound in them. Ask the child to mimic you. Show pictures of everyday objects which have the sound in them. Ask the child to say the word.
The 44 sounds are listed below. In some parts of the US, 43 or 45 sounds might be used because of regional dialects. The same holds true of other English speaking countries.
At this point, you needn’t use the word “letter” or teach the ABC’s. Hearing and speaking sounds comes first.