When is a child ready to learn to read?

Children start learning from the day they are born.  It is important for children to move and manipulate their environment in early development.  These skills acquired in early development are very important for learning during a later developmental stage.

There are a few important components that are necessary for pre -reading:

  • spatial skills – left, right, behind, in front, opposite
  • gross motor skills – jumping, hopping, skipping
  • fine motor skills – establishing hand dominance and confident to draw
  • language skills – able to express him/herself confidently
  • auditory skills – listening and understanding instructions
  • visual skills – finding similarities and differences in pictures and shapes

The most important part of learning to read is to have a love for books and stories.  Parents can start reading to their children from a very early age.  Reading stories to your child is one of the most important activities you can share with your child to assist in reading skills.  Encouraging discussion and questions about a book expands a child’s vocabulary, strengthens reasoning skills, develops his/her language and broadens general knowledge.  Joining a library as early in the child’s development as possible will also foster a love for books and reading.