What do Beginner Readers Need?

What do beginner readers need?What do preschoolers, kindergartners and 1st graders love?

Beginning readers play, run around, skip, sing, and imagine. They love learning new things about their world. They’ve got questions, energy, and enthusiasm.

Most, especially if they’re been read to or introduced to books, look forward to reading themselves.

What they don’t have is a long attention span. Sitting still and being quiet for long periods of time is not their strength. Boring is out.

Children develop beginning reading skills at different ages. A child who still doesn’t have very good beginning reading skills in kindergarten doesn’t necessarily have a reading disability. If your child’s pediatrician says “all is well,” there’s no need to worry.

Some young children just aren’t interested in reading. For others, their eyes haven’t developed sufficiently to read.  Many simply aren’t developmentally mature enough yet. Nothing is wrong.

Nagging and pressuring these kids to read only makes it worse. Now they’re learning to hate reading and to think something is wrong with them since they can’t read yet.

Many so-called “slow” readers will pick up reading by the end of first grade. They’ll be fine in school. Lots of them will excel.

What do beginner readers need?In the meantime keep reading to them and talking about stories and the pictures in the book.

What do beginner readers need?

They need fun activities with room for imagination, moving around, and interaction. And they need materials that will instill a love of reading.

But before a child can learn to read they need to be able to hold a book properly, turn pages one at a time front to back, and look at pictures sequentially. Children who have books and have been read to often pick up early early reading skills quicker than children who have not been read to.

After you’ve read them a story, ask questions about the story and talk about it together. Can they tell the story themselves? Can they relate the pictures to the story?

What do beginner readers need?Recognizing the alphabet is the next step. Start by showing them a few letters in the alphabet like A, B, C. Kids enjoy recognizing their name in print. Encourage beginning readers by helping them name the letters in their name.

Magnetic refrigerator letters are a fun way to help kids learn the alphabet. Many kids enjoy old fashioned wooden or plastic alphabet blocks. Play with your kids. For example, suggest dumping all the blocks out on the floor. Then ask if your child can find the first letter in their name. Can they find all the letters in their name?

Once kids are familiar with the alphabet or most of it, they can work on recognizing the words in simple signs around the neighborhood such as the word “stop” on the stop sign.  And they may begin to recognize a few words in their books.

Now that they know most of the alphabet, they need to be able to put sounds with consonants and relate the sounds to pictures beginning with the specific letters. For example, D for dog.

When beginner readers have learned what are called CVC words, Consonant Vowel Consonant words such as dog, cat, pig, hop, run, etc. and beginning sight words, they’ve started to read.

Next they’ll master consonant blends and vowels.

During this stage of development, these young readers need continuous positive feedback, time, and quality reading material What do beginner readers need?that helps to instill a love of reading. Without feedback and good books, reading becomes a chore. For the beginning readers who pick up reading instantly and fly, that’s easy.

Unfortunately many need a little more time and a variety of reading methods.

The Tiger Tuesday Multisensory, Interactive Reading Program offers everything the beginning reader needs. It has something for every child to make reading happen.

The program follows the Orton Gillingham Phonics approach for those beginning readers who learn with phonics. Instead of sitting with boring workbook pages, the TT Reading Program helps young readers learn phonics and sight words through games, stories, plays, and songs.

Beginning readers who learn to read with Tiger and his family, love to read.

The Tiger Tuesday Reading Program preschool and level 1 kits offer your solution. Begin with the Learning the Alphabet and Learn Consonants modules.  Fun activities, imagination, interaction, and playing are all part of the effectiveness of Tiger Tuesday.

By the way, If you decide later to buy the whole reading program after buying individual modules, you can contact us for a full credit on the complete package.


Purposeful Playful Practice!
Tiger Tuesday makes learning to read fun, fast & easy