Teaching Young Children To Read

Teaching young children to read can be fun and easy! Lots of fun games and methods to help kids learn to read.

Teaching young children to read can be easy as long as you make it fun. Most of these projects can be used when the child has already been exposed to and knows the basic sounds of the alphabet.

Flash cards:

You can buy or make your own flash cards. While some stores may carry flash cards the child may become preoccupied with the picture on the card then the actual spelling of the word. A good idea to do is to buy a pack of multi colored flash cards and permanent markers. Divide the cards up and make each color a different topic. For example, green cards can represent family member names like mom, dad, sister or aunt, while yellow cards can be clothes like shirt, skirt or pants.

To get ideas for the flash cards open up your children's books and look at those words. The library carries a series of Easy Reader, or First Reader books that occasionally have the vocabulary words printed on the front page or two. This can be very helpful. After your child learns the vocab from the front of the book then he/she can get excited about being able to read the book all by him/herself.

While using the flash cards open up a package of snacks like gummi bears and give the child one for every couple of words he/she has successfully memorized.

Help the child by pointing out the letters on the card and helping with the sounds. Once the child has mastered the word without your aid give the child the card. This helps the child see his/her progress.

With words like to and for try using them in a sentence so the child knows the difference.

Memory game:

Once your child has mastered a series of flash cards you can then play this game. Use one color of flash cards and cut them in half. Write the word on two of the cut cards. For each of these games use only ten words maximum, otherwise you will have to many cards on the table.

When the child turns over a card he /she is to say the name of the word and pick another card doing the same. If the cards match and the child can say the word give him/her the set and reward her with a treat such as a gummy bear.

Then it is your turn, or another child's turn. Continue until all the cards have been matched. The winner should receive an extra two gummys.

Color game:

For this you should take a package of markers and color in a box for each color on the left hand side of a plain piece of paper. On the right hand side of the paper write the words of colors but not in the same order as the colors appear on the left. Let the child draw lines to match the color word with the color.

You can also do this for words like rat, cat, bat, if you can draw halfway decent.

Numbers & Counting:

If your child does not know what the numbers look like in written form do this project. Take your index cards and on one side write out the number for example: three. On the opposite side draw three Circles, dots or stars. If the child cannot remember the word simply turn the card over and let him/her count out the dots.


If you have started using index cards to teach your child and he/she knows some words then do this while you are reading. As you read stop at any words the child knows and point to it. If the child remembers and says it, tell the child how wonderful it is that he/she is helping YOU to read. If the child cannot recall the word then sound it out with him.

If their is a word that is used several times like a color or name then teach the child that word and tell him/her to memorize that one word. Every time you run across that word point to it. This works well with one to two words each time you read a book.


Should your child's eyes wander constantly while you are trying to teach him/her the flash cards she may not be ready to read. Children mature at different rates and until he/she is ready do not force it upon the child. However, even though the child is not interested continue to read to her, pointing at the words as you go.

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