Your child's foundation for learning to read is Phonics Reading and Sight Words.
Phonics Reading teaches your child to recognize how sounds are represented alphabetically, and how to decode the letter sounds, symbols, characters, and signs.
Your child will be able to read out new words he has not seen or heard before because they understand how the words are being constructed. The added advantage of phonics is your child will be able to spell better.
Phonics is a crucial step in improving your child's spelling ability. If your child can read a word, doesn't necessarily mean they can spell it.
Sight Words (Whole Words) encourage children to memorize and learn words as a whole by sight. This is done by repetitively showing the word and the sound of the word.
You can teach your child to read using the Phonic Reading method and Sight Words through flashcards.
Phonics Reading vs Whole Language (Sight Words)?
Both methods do work in teaching your child to read.
I would recommend you teach your child reading using both methods.
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When do you start teaching your child to read?
Sight words (whole words) are used in the Glenn Doman Method as part of their reading program. They start as early as 1 year old and below.
As for Phonics reading, Montessori kindergarten introduces this method at the age of 3 years old and above.
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