I like to start a child by reading a rhyming story to them such as Dr. Seuss’, “Hop on Pop”or P.D. Eastman’s “Go, Dog. Go!”. I then encourage them to guess the rhyming word that comes at the end of the two or four sentence phrase.
After several of the pages I may point to the word and say “Look, I noticed both Cat and Hat have the same “a” “t” letters. I wonder if we will hear any other words with the “at” sound on the next pages? These books and other first readers use repetitive short vowels so children associate a letter grouping with a sound and also use picture clues to give hints as to a words meaning.
One of my favorite series is the DK Readers available at libraries and Barnes and Noble. The pictures are outstanding, they have many levels and have a wide variety of topics to choose from so you are sure to find a few your child is interested in.
The most important part is to keep reading and being read to, fun and enjoyable for both of you.
In our curriculum at RCNS, we constantly use song charts, big books, classroom print and classroom charts to associate letters with sound and groups of letters with rhyme and meaning. We incorporate this approach of looking at and studying print throughout all our themes, all year long. We then use the children’s response to these materials to guide the emphasis of our daily plans.
Have fun reading books!