Methods and Books for Children Learning to Read

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Before anything, let's remember that being pushy and forcing children to learn to read is not necessarily a good option. As it has been shown, simple repetition works great. So pick up a book, and read to your children every day!

There are methods and books that can be used during this time to subtly reinforce the natural curiosity of a child. Here's a list of interesting approaches:

The Four Main Methods, by Teaching Treasures: These methods include the Phonics Method, Look and Say, the Language Experience Approach, and the Context Support Method.

Learn to Read, by StarFall. An online and interactive method.

Scholastic's books. Including books at a beginner level such as: I Love School, Please Write Back, I Won't Share, No Kisses Please, Gus Makes a Gift and so many more.

LeapFrog's Tag Reading System. This system lets a child use the pen to highlight a word which is then pronounced by the system. The child gets to hear and see the word. A way for kids to keep hearing words on their own.

Learn to Read Free. Goes through the first 55 words a child learns to read. A Montessori-based method, using a mobile app and games.

Good Reads' list of Beginner Reader Books.

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