Saturday 7 August 2021


 When your child starts school, they will be introduced to letters and sounds, and eventually reading full words and phrases. However, if you want to support your child’s progression outside of the classroom, it’s certainly worth helping them with their reading comprehension at home. 

There are simple exercises you can do to make this happen but remember to be patient with your youngster as they all develop at different rates. Here are some top tips from a literacy tuition company to get you started.


It may help you to start by doing some research into what’s involved in teaching someone to read. For instance, you should know what a phoneme is; a single letter that forms a sound or often even a combination of letters, like ai in rain. When introducing your child to new words, begin with three-letter words like cat, car, dog. Encourage them to sound out each letter one at a time. Eventually they will memorise these words and won’t need to sound them out letter by letter. At this point, you can start to introduce them to more challenging words. 


You should also consider using visual cues to help them understand what the words actually mean. For instance, show them a picture of a dog with the word beneath it, as this will be more memorable than just showing them the word on its own. Perhaps you could consider pinning up posters around the house so that your child is frequently exposed to them. 


Nursery rhymes are great for helping children with rhythm and sounds, which is an important part of language comprehension. The alphabet song is a great place to start buthave a look on YouTube if you’re lacking inspiration for some more. 


Practise reading little and often and using various different tactics so that you don’t bombard your child with information all in one go. Make sure they have plenty of access to child friendly books so that they become more familiar with different vocabulary, and aim to read to them each night before bed, encouraging them to ask questions if they don’t understand what a certain word means.


  1. Some great tips here for helping kids get reading! Thanks so much for sharing ❤️🌿☺️

  2. This is so useful and it is definitly worth reading up before you start helping your child, or you canmake mistakes like I did. As I used all upper case letters to teach my son to write! whoops

  3. I am a trained teacher and we did phonics during my training. I agree about nursery rhymes and also books with lots of rhyme and