Of course once the desire for reading is in our child, we will need to teach the skill. I have a child that I used several programs to teach reading to, and he'd just wail, "I HATE to read!" and truly I didn't know he could read until...one day I "caught him" memorizing his AWANA Bible verses! That booger! He was not reading so I'd have to keep working with him and reading to him! Now he did have an eye tracking issue that we remediated, but he could read! No kidding!
Phonic sounds are absolutely important. I've heard too that teaching the sounds are much more important than the names of the letters. Make up some flash cards.
This website is awesome to teach many phonics skills. You can print off what you need and there is even teaching instruction given. Hey, FREE is good! I wish I had known about all the FREEbies on the web when mine were littles!
Teach those letter sounds and then decode words in readers. We used the Dick and Jane books as well as other readers. But I have a wonderful website with online and downloadable printable books:
http://www.starfall.com/which is amazing! I did use this with my son. Zack the Rat is a fun character where words, games and stories are built around him and other engaging characters! It's all online and interactive!!
Don't be afraid to tackle reading skills. READ, read and read some more to foster a love of good books to your children. We loved Dr. Suess~we read Winne the Pooh, the A.A. Milne version...Little House books and more!
READ away and your child
will soon be reading to you!
Hey, gotta go and read now. . .