Pre-Schoolers Can Learn To Read
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"I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms . . . Also, of endless books." C. S. Lewis
Most children at about three years of age can learn to read at least a few words, if
they are given a proper chance. Simple
words will do: "cat," "dog," "bird." They
learn short words as whole words.
When a pre-schooler learns to read words, it is usually not by recongnizing spelling in the usual sense. Very young children can see a shape in the overall word "cat." They do this
better than memorizing spelling.
To teach a three-year-old to read,
start with two short words that are
familiar to the child. Once learned,
expand to other words slowly.