What Age should You Start Teaching Your Child to Read?


what age should you start teaching your

child to read

learnings accumulative process children

cannot learn to speak without learning

to understand without learning to speak

children cannot learn the alphabet

without knowing the letters of the

alphabet children cannot use them to

form words etc this means that children

start their developmental process

towards reading from the earliest age

the foundation of their literacy skills

starts with their cognitive and speech

development everything else follows from

there all children are different and

develop at their own pace the parents

play a crucial role in this development

by giving the child the opportunity to

advance when she is ready if the child

is not ready to learn the alphabet then

she will not learn the alphabet however

if the child is ready to learn the

alphabet she still will not learn it

unless her parents give her the

opportunity to learn it the role parents

can play in the early years is not to

push the child beyond her abilities but

to give her the opportunity to reach her



primary school education in most

countries starts at age six from this

age schools aim to teach children to

read within three years so that children

should have a solid reading base by the

age of nine however it is possible for

children to learn to read much earlier

than this we'll split the skills needed

to learn to read into three

developmental timelines these timelines

greatly overlap but it helps to

compartmentalize them to consider the

age ranges when they can happen the

three steps are speech learning the

alphabet and learning to read step 1


children start identifying the sounds

around them from the earliest age they

may say their first word as early as six

months old or as late as a year and a

half by the time a child is two years

old she may have a vocabulary of 100

words at age three she may have the

vocabulary of 500 words and by the time

she is five years old she may know a

whopping five thousand words or more

speech is the essential base from which

reading and writing skills will develop

step two alphabet

children do not develop the cognitive

ability to recognize the complex shapes

of letters until after the age of two

before that age they may be able to

identify simple letter shapes such as

over X the more complicated letter

shapes will be beyond them sometime

between the ages two to four the child

should develop the ability to learn the

alphabet most children learn to read at

six years old and become competent

readers by around age eight however many

children are actually capable of

learning to read much earlier a few

children are ready to start combining

letters and identifying words as early

as three years old more usually a child

will start developing these abilities

from four to six years old

a very small number of children usually

girls learn to read by osmosis that is

if you read to them enough they start to

recognize and identify the words without

anyone ever formally teaching them this

is an unusual talent so do not be

disappointed if it does not happen with

your child