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How to teach children to recognise words

In order to read properly and fluently we need to recognize words on the page fluently. This is something that children are unable to do during their first foray into reading. Don't worry, there isn't anything wrong with this. One of the most important things during the early stages of your child's reading is teaching them how to instantly recognize words when they see them on the page, and thankfully this is something that you can do from the comfort of your own home, these activities will even teach them how to read those slightly harder to pronounce words.


Many experts suggest that one of the first things to do with your child is to work on 'word families'. This pretty much means words that rhyme with one another. Of course, the best way to do this is by reading nursery rhymes, and there are plenty of them out there for you to read through. What you need to do is identify the rhyming words within the nursery rhymes and talk with your child about other words that may rhyme with these. Eventually they will start building up their 'word family' vocabulary and recognize any word when they read. You will of course need to read through a number of nursery rhymes to start building up these groups.


Another top tip is to start sticking labels onto the popular pieces of equipment within your home, just grab a group of sticky labels, write the name of the object down on them and stick them up. Your child will not be able to help but read these, and of course, when they do they will be learning the words, but perhaps more importantly the shape of the words, which will make them much easier to read in the future.


Picture matching is also good! Basically, one index card is going to have a picture and the other index card is going to have the text. Your child will then match the two up, which will help with word recognition. You can purchase these cards from anywhere. You can make a game out of it, pretty much in the same way as a memory game. You will even be able to ask your child to cut out words from a magazine and match them up to pictures from the same magazine. Fun, and educational!


Finally, never stop teaching your child how to sight read words. It will take a lot of repetition of these words to get them into your child's mind. So practice, practice and then practice some more. Experts suggest that you only focus on ten words at a time, make flashcards of them, and get your child to write them down as much as they can. Only when they recognize these ten words will they be able to move on.


It may seem like an uphill struggle at the start, but once your child gets used to the process you will find that the whole process of teaching becomes far easier.

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