Easiest Ways to Teach a 5-Year-Old How to Read Books

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Five-year-old kids are naturally inquisitive creatures. Their curiosity makes learning how to read a fun adventure. There are many easy ways to teach five-year-old kids how to read. The key to success is to make reading books an exciting process, so that they want to read more.

1 Choose Interesting Books

It will not be easy to teach five-year-old children how to read if the books you are using are boring. Choose interesting books that have colorful pictures that interest children. Also, the topic of the book is an important factor in easily teaching five-year-olds how to read.

Topics of interest to young children are ones that appeal to things that they are learning in their lives. Young children often like to read stories about animals, families, the beach, trucks and numbers. Let a child help to choose books for reading.

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2 Read to the Child

Children learn to read through listening. Spending time reading books with a five-year-old will help him to increase vocabulary and allow him to make connections between what he is reading and the real world. Reading with a child daily will also increase interest in reading. Plan a special time every day to share reading with the child. Talk about what you are reading, and ask questions about the character and setting.

3 Use Flash Cards

Flash cards are a great way to introduce young children to phonics and vocabulary words. Letters and words can be written on cards with simple pictures as illustrations. The more familiar a five-year-old is with something, the more easily she can recognize and read words about that subject.

Practice identifying the letters, words and sounds displayed on the cards. Once the child is familiar with the words and sounds, have contests to see how many she can identify correctly.

4 Practice

Practicing reading is an easy way to teach a five-year-old how to read. Choose books that contain words that are familiar to the student so that he can experience successful reading. As the child becomes familiar with the book, he can practice reading and rereading the book. He will feel pride in accomplishment and want to read more. Let him read to an adult, sibling or even to his stuffed animals. The more the child practices, the more fluent he will become at reading.

Allison Rogers has been professionally writing curriculum for university level classes since 2009. She writes for the Web sites eHow and Answerbag, specializing in educational articles. She received her Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction 2006 from Arizona State University.