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How to Teach Someone to Read

When someone learns to read, their world starts to expand. Here are some guidelines for teaching a person to read.


  • Step 1: Introduce reading texts that are meaningful to the learner. Choosing age-appropriate books will help the learner pick up on the words quicker.
  • FACT: Most children learn to read by the age of 7.
  • Step 2: Teach writing along with reading. Learning to write reinforces reading skills. As you write the letters of the alphabet, have the learner trace each one on the paper.
  • Step 3: Keep the initial vocabulary limited. Start with simple and common words.
  • Step 4: Teach the sounds of the letters in the alphabet along with the names of the letters. Write down the letters on a large piece of paper and point to each letter as you pronounce it. Identify the sound or sounds it makes in a familiar word.
  • TIP: Don't try to teach grammatical concepts to beginning readers. Let them learn to read better without being burdened by abstract rules.
  • Step 5: Start by teaching your student the alphabet and how to recognize and identify letters.

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