I’ve recently tried a few techniques to teach my children how to read, to my surprise they took it all in and were even begging for more.
When grabbing the attention of 2 – 5 year olds I’ve found that you need physical aides and humour, even with these things you get about 15 minutes of hard concentration and that is a good amount of time.
Also it seems to work better when teaching more than one child at a time because it becomes a group activity where each child tries to outdo the other.
The way to go about it is to feed them no more than six words in one lesson.
Show them each word and let them look at it for a few seconds before pointing to and saying the word.
Keep repeating the process until you no longer have to say the word, only point to it and they will be able to identify it.
This is basic word-image association and it is how we all learn.
The hard part
The hard part is keeping their attention and giving them enough enthusiasm that they want to proceed and exceed their skills.
Children are not stupid so you need to actually have fun doing it or they will hate it. Take this opportunity to spend valuable time with your children. It does take some time but when they begin to read on their own they will absolutely love it. And you can watch in pride as they grow more confident and intelligent.