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Pre-school children


“Do I have to stop now? I want to read to the end of the book!” – Martha (4) Lancashire

Teaching your child to read is one of the best gifts you can give, and this toolkit contains everything you need to do it yourself. Your child can learn a vocabulary of over 150 words before they even start school.

You’ll know when your child is ready when you see two things: a basic level of ability and a willingness to start. If your child can talk and can match shapes fairly well, then they have the ability to begin the fascinating process of learning to read, and our word and shape cards in the toolkit can help you decide. Every child is different but you will see this from around the age of three years. Don’t worry if your child takes longer or doesn’t seem interested yet; there’s no rush!

Above all, reading must be a happy and rewarding experience for the child. It is very important to shower your child with praise for every little success or word remembered, until they glow with pleasure. It will make an enormous positive difference to your child’s progress and long-term opinion of reading.

“I was initially sceptical about teaching my child to read at home, but I am astonished by the progress she has made in such a short time.” – Mother of Jessica (4), London

Little minds are soon distracted and tire easily, so concentration fades after a few minutes, but this is entirely normal, and the Reading Revival toolkit will deliver excellent progress in these small daily moments. Little and often is the key, and it is crucial to spend no more than ten minutes a day on the process.

You will find that with a little patience and a bit of regular time set aside for your child together each day, the experience of teaching your child to read will be a special time that you both look forward to.

(With an expression of amazement at the end of book 1) “I’m reading!” – Malcolm (5) Essex


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