Chapter 2Preparing Your Child to Learn to Decode

You may have seen products like the video series Your Baby Can Read! that purport to teach reading skills to children as young as three months old. Actually, your baby can’t read, with or without such videos, but there are things you can do that will smooth the way once reading instruction begins years later.

Helping Your Child Hear Speech Sounds

In chapter 1, I emphasized the importance of hearing individual speech sounds. Children who come to school with that skill in place have a real edge in learning to read compared to those who don’t. But this skill doesn’t develop spontaneously. Syllables are much easier to hear than individual speech sounds. Adults who cannot read can probably tell ...

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