5 Mistakes Parents Make in Teaching Child to Read

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What are the common pitfalls or mistakes parents make in teaching child to read?

In your eagerness to help your child develop the important reading skill, you might overlook and commit one or more of these mistakes in the process. Don’t worry, I’ve included little tips for you. :)

Here are five mistakes I’ve come up with and tips for avoiding or resolving these issues:

1. Getting Distracted by Modern Gadgets

With smartphones and tabs so widely available these days, it’s rather easy for parents to fall into the trap of looking and playing with their gadgets while attending to their young kids.

Though you may be physically present, but your mind is far away, busy answering a Whatsapp message or staying tuned to the latest updates on Facebook.

These little activities could easily waste time and before you know it, you miss out on going through the daily reading lesson with your toddler or preschooler.

Tip: Set a specific time of the day where you go through the reading lessons with your kid. And be enthusiastic when doing the lesson. Your child will sense it if you’re bored and distracted.

2. Underestimating the Importance of Child’s Mood

A young child has moods too. If he is too tired, hungry or bored, he is more likely to launch into a tantrum. Anticipate these warning signs and avoid carrying out the reading lesson during such times.

Tip: Try to ensure that the child is fed, well-rested, and generally in a receptive mood before carrying out the reading lesson.

3. Straying Excessively from the Routine

Young kids do like routines. Such as meal times, nap time, bedtime story, etc. They thrive on routines. So don’t try to stray away too much from their newly established learning to read routine.

Tip: Consistency is the key to keep the reading lessons progressing well. If you take frequent long breaks such a week or even a months’ break from the reading program, your child might not follow along very well. Minor breaks are fine. I did that with my son and he still does remember what he has learned earlier.

4. Forgetting to Be Positive

Learning to read is serious matter but for toddlers and preschoolers, you have to keep it light, fun and informal. Sometimes, parents forget to make it fun and fail to compliment their young kid when he is doing well.

Tip: Always notice when your child is doing the lesson well. “Well done Kaden!” Let him know he has done well, encourage and cheer him on! Keep the lessons enjoyable and positive. It will make him look forward to his lessons and grow his desire to learn more.

5. Overreacting to Reading Mistakes

A young child is a very young person after all trying to make sense of this big big world. Especially for a toddler, who is still learning to speak better and learning to read at the same time.

Naturally, mistakes will be made during the process of learning to read. Sometimes, the child might stumble on some of the lessons. That’s natural and part of the learning process.

Tip: Harping on the mistake might not be necessary. Correct the mistake and if after a few attempts and your child is still not getting it right, move on. Your child will have other opportunities to practice later on. I usually find that if my son doesn’t get it right now, he will get it as we progress through the reading lessons. Don’t sweat about it.


Do you have any comments about what I’ve just shared above? Leave your comments below and I’d love to connect with you.

2 comments for “5 Mistakes Parents Make in Teaching Child to Read

  1. Sema Napwatt
    April 25, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Books to use to teach my 2years 7 months old baby girls

    • Fion
      May 5, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Hi Sema,

      I missed your comment! If you’re looking to get books for your 2 years and 7 months old girl, you can take a look at these books that little girls will adore. But if you’re looking at a system where you can teach your little girl to read, you can look at this system. Hope this helps!

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