Reading is a vital skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Now a day’s all children who attend an education setting are taught to read right from nursery or reception. If your child attends a nursery or child minder, then they should start by learning the basics of reading often by helping them to recognise certain letters and the sounds they make. This is sometimes done using a scheme called “jolly phonics” which is a fun song all about letters and the sounds they make. This song makes it easy for children to remember the different letters of the alphabet.
When your child starts school they will very quickly progress to starting to be able to put these sounds together to read words. Usually the first types of books your child will be given contains only pictures and as a parent you may wonder how this can help. The reasoning behind this is to get the children to look at a picture and first try and figure out what is happening within the picture, this will not only help with their imagination but will also give them an idea as to what the words would say on that page, should it have had some.