Start by reading the book aloud to your child, taking time to talk about the pictures. This is will help your child see that pictures often give clues about the story.
Over a period of time, try to read the same book several times so that your child becomes familiar with the story and the words and phrases. Gradually your child will want to read the book aloud with you. It helps to run your finger under the words as you say them.
Occasionally, stop and encourage your child to continue reading aloud with you. Join in again when your child needs help. This is the next step toward helping your child become an independent reader.
Finally, your child will be ready to read alone. Listen carefully to your child and give plenty of praise.
Remember to make reading an enjoyable experience.
Remember these four important stages:
* Read the story to your child.
* Read the story with your child.
* Encourage your child to read to you.
* Listen to your child read alone.