I’ve posted quite a bit on how to help your child learn to read and write, but parents have been asking lately about the “stuff” they need to teach child to read.
Honestly, you don’t need any “stuff” – you can read the world around you and write with the tools you have…
But, there are inexpensive and widely available tools that can make teaching your child to read a whole lot easier.
Choose books that have controlled vocabulary, patterned language, and high levels of picture support to make the transition from “ready to read” to “reader.” If you are just starting out, Levels A, B, and C (Fountas and Pinnell levels) will be your best choices.
Or if you are feeling crafty, the teacher version is available for a fraction of the price and make your own (either by copying the pages or just ripping them out and folding them yourself):
These Lakeshore books are very high quality:
These phonics sets are a little harder, but feature familiar characters that may motivate your kids:
Batman, here, is an example.
…but other sets can be found in the Scholastic Books Club flyers you may get at school or on Amazon. There are lots of options for girls, too, like Lalaloopsy and Disney Princesses.