How I Taught My 3 Year Old Child How To Read

Family, friends, and preschool parents are in awe and shock when they see my 3 year old daughter read.

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By Denise Ellison, Contributor

How did you teach your three-year old child how to read? What’s your secret? Can you please tell me what you did?

These are questions that family, friends, and other preschool parents have asked me countless numbers of times.

You want to know my answer? Well, here’s my story …

Why I Got My Child To Start Reading At An Early Age

I remember as a child how fun it was for me when my mom or dad would read books to me before bedtime. Those were memories I really cherish. Those bedtime stories really got me into wanting to learn how to read.

I know for a fact that reading can make a huge impact on a child’s early development.

Now a parent myself, I thought of introducing reading to my child, Lizzie, at an early age so as to foster and cultivate her imagination. I know for a fact that reading can make a huge impact on a child’s early development.

More importantly:

1. Reading at an early age sets up children to succeed. There are countless studies that confirm that children who learn how to read as toddlers gives them a head start in their development and school.

2. Reading helps them develop language skills. Even though you speak to your child everyday, the vocabulary that you use may be limited and repetitive. Reading books exposes them to more vocabulary and topics which is important to develop fluency.

There is no doubt that one of the great benefits of reading is it helps cultivate a child’s imagination.

3. Reading develops a child’s imagination and creativity. There is no doubt that one of the great benefits of reading is it helps cultivate a child’s imagination. Seeing the excitement in a child’s eyes as they read books is one of the most amazing things to experience.

4. Books are an educational form of entertainment. With all the tech and digital gadgets these days, books are really a welcome form of entertainment. In fact, pediatricians discourage screen time during a child’s early development.

5. Reading exercise a child’s brain. Research studies have shown that children who are exposed to reading at an early age tend to have better language skills and development.

6. Reading encourages thirst for knowledge. A child’s brain is like a sponge at a young age. Reading helps them learn beyond what you as a parent cannot teach them.

When kids are exposed to books about animals, places, objects, and people, their development and learning capabilities are enhanced.

7. A good range of books teaches children about other topics. When kids are exposed to books about animals, places, objects, and people, their development and learning capabilities are enhanced.

Given all the benefits of getting a child to start reading at a young age, I was convinced that acquiring reading skills would be the best gift that I could give my daughter at such a young age.

My Challenge: How And Where Do I Start?

So how was I to teach my daughter to read? How and where do I start? I am not a teacher nor do I have any formal training in teaching children. There’s got to be a way to do this.

I did a lot of reading and research on how to go about teaching my kid (she was still two years old then). I would use all my spare time to read up on articles on how teachers, educators, and other parents thought their young children how to read.

After some time, I came up with a list of things that my husband and I should do just to get my young daughter interested in reading.

After some time, I came up with a list of things that my husband and I should do just to get my young daughter interested in reading.

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  1. Whoa! I’m amazed at how those cute and adorable 2+ year olds are reading. Thanks for sharing it. I’m going to look into the program for my 3-year old son.

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