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Are you making this common mistake when teaching your child to read?


lowercase alphabet letters common mistake when teaching your child to read
lowercase alphabet letters

Are you making the common mistake of starting to teach the letter symbols with uppercase letters versus the lowercase letters when teaching your child to read?. If you look at most written text that you read everyday, approximately 95% of it is in lowercase!

If you want your child to be an early reader and to read easily, then stack the deck in their favor and start with what they will see the most often – lowercase letters. This sometimes is easier said than done, since most of the alphabet blocks and magnetic letters that you find to buy are uppercase.

We have found a wonderful wooden lowercase alphabet letters set that is perfect for small hands to use and helps you avoid this common mistake when teaching your child to read!  The beauty of alphabet tiles is you can use them for a great number of things besides just using them to learn the letter sounds and begin creating words.  They are great to also use as game pieces and in craft projects.

Yes, your child will need to learn the uppercase letters to complete their knowledge, but it should not be the first thing they learn. This is a common mistake when teaching your child to read that is easily avoided.

Do you have a reluctant reader?

You have done everything you can think of to encourage your child to read and he or she is just not interested. All is not lost.

First be sure your child is a reluctant reader because of a lack of desire rather than ability.

  • Has his vision been checked?
  • Has her teacher expressed concern?

This of course would need to be addressed.If there is no physical or learning difficulty that is interfering with reading, then continue role modeling your love of reading; read to your child daily; keep on with your trips to the library.

Also make an effort to introduce reading into daily living activities.

  • Bake with your child and have him read the recipe out loud.
  • Have her be the navigator when you are driving; she can read the map and road signs.
  • Take your child grocery shopping and he can read the shopping list and find the products.
  • Have her check out nutrition values on the labels, if that is age appropriate.
  • Read the newspaper comics together.
  • Do science experiments with your child reading the instructions.
  • Introduce him to computer games that encourage reading.
  • Play board games that require reading or spelling.

Finally a reluctant reader may simply not be interested in the reading material available to them. Follow your child’s passion and find non-fiction books and magazines that are relevant. Help your child choose fiction books that are attractive to his or her personality.
Don’t despair; literacy can be developed in so many ways.