The 5 Ps of reading, I know normally you hear about the 3 Rs but to teach your child to read at home what you really need is
Pook will not learn to read in English at school, in Luxembourg they do not learn to read until they are nearly 7 and then it is German. So I have made the decision to teach her to read in English myself. It is vital that she has fluency in her home language, as well as all the new languages she will experience over the next coming years being in the local school system. I do not want her or Meemoo to become ‘jack of all and a master of none’ in terms of language acquisition. It was my job , teaching the young to read before we moved so, experience is, fingers crossed, on my side.
Teaching a child to read is a complicated process which, requires lots of skills to come together at the same time. Ideally all teachers would wait until a child has a real yearning to understand what the print on the page, road signs and advertisements means. The first of these skills is also the first P.
I am planning to follow the same Letters and Sounds order that children in England use. I have chosen this because I know it well and it will quickly give Pook the ability to build and segment words. An important concrete skill required for learning.
It takes time and dedication to learn, a child needs to not only learn their phonics but to learn a 100 key words that do not follow any simple phonic rules. This takes perseverance to keep learning them.
Patience is for the adult, not to jump in and help your child each time they are stumbling over a word, encourage them to use their phonics, try to recall their key words. We as adults need patience to listen to them everyday because at times it is painstakingly slow and feels like it is never going to stick. Just keep going.
Kinda obvious really but this is something that needs to be practised everyday. A little everyday helps it stick, helps children recall any new learning in phonics from school that day.
Just because your child is learning to read does not mean that you would stop sharing stories and nursery rhymes. It is important that children continue to listen to language, how it flows and how we use it. Also children need to see adults actively reading and enjoying it, even if it is a glossy magazine.
So there you have it my 5 Ps of reading.