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Learning How to Read Made Easy for Kids – 5 Steps

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Learning how to read is a complex process that can be broken down into a number of steps. Each step requires considerable practise. Some children progress through these steps rapidly and with ease, but others take longer and might need additional help.

Motivation plays a vital role in helping children to become successful readers. The more motivated and focused they are, the more they will want to read and consequently the better they will become at mastering this important skill. Making reading fun helps to keep kids motivated to learn to read. For parents, understanding the essential elements involved in the process of learning how to read can be a huge help.

The 5 essential elements of learning how to read

The National Reading Panel’s report (2000) identified five essential areas involved in effective reading instruction:

1. Phonemic awareness – This is understanding how words can be broken up into their smallest units of sound e.g., /p/o/t/, and how sounds can be assembled together like building blocks to make new words: /p/o/t/ can make /t/o/p/.

2. Phonics – This is direct instruction in letter-sound correspondence. Children are taught to blend sounds together to make words, and to break words up into their constituent sounds for spelling.

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3. Fluency – This is the ability to read a text accurately and quickly and is an important step towards comprehension. Fluent readers do not have to spend their time decoding the text. Instead, they can concentrate on reading for meaning.

4. Vocabulary – Developing and enriching a child’s vocabulary is an essential part of the reading process. It is not just about memorising lists of words but also about learning new words in context and understanding their meaning.

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5. Comprehension  – This is the ultimate goal of reading. A variety of strategies exist to enable children to understand and connect with what they have read, for example, Bloom’s Taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation).

Learn more about the five components of reading.

How Reading Eggs makes learning to read easy and fun for kids

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Packed with games, activities, songs and rewards, kids are motivated to build the essential skills required so they can become successful readers for life! As well as being fun and engaging, the Reading Eggs program is based on the science of reading and is proven to work.

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