Homeschool Made Easy: Learning to Read

Learn How to Teach Your Child to Read With Oli Kids Co

Oli Kids Co. can help you learn how to teach your child to read. With our homeschooling program, educational games, and learn to read books, your child will have the best start on their reading journey.

If it is time for your child to start learning how to read, Oli Kids Co. has the tools to help them understand:

Print Awareness

Our whimsical storybooks teach children that written language holds significance. Therefore, they gradually grasp that the various squiggles and lines they see on a page symbolize complete words and sentences. This realization marks an essential step towards becoming proficient readers.

Phonological Awareness

This ability revolves around comprehending the sounds, known as phonemes, that constitute spoken words. Then, children develop the capacity to recognize and play with individual sounds, which includes identifying rhymes and alliteration. 

Letter Recognition

Children learn to identify and name the letters of the alphabet.

Letter-Sound Correspondence

Once children recognize letters, they associate each letter with its corresponding sound or phoneme. For instance, they learn that ‘A’ makes the /a/ sound.


Children learn to blend individual letter sounds together to form words. For example, they learn to blend the sounds /h/, /a/, /m/ to read the word “ham.”


What Age Should I Start to Teach My Child to Read?

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The age to initiate teaching your child to read may differ as children progress at individual rates. Typically, pre-reading skills can start developing as early as infancy while surrounding them with a print-rich environment and nurturing a love for reading. The focus is on making reading a delightful and positive experience, which in turn fosters a lifelong passion for learning and exploration through the enchanting world of books.

As a general timeline guideline:

  • Infancy to Toddlerhood (0 to 2 years): Most children may not be ready to read actual words at this age. However, you can introduce them to board books and picture books. Reading to them regularly helps build vocabulary, listening skills, and a love for books.
  • Preschool (3 to 5 years): At this stage, you can focus on developing early pre-reading skills like print awareness, letter recognition, and phonological awareness. Play during this stage is particularly important because your child will see that learning is fun. In addition, activities that involve rhyming, singing, and identifying initial letter sounds in words are especially useful. 
  • Early Elementary (5 to 7 years): This is the stage where most formal reading instruction begins. It’s a great age to encourage your little one to read beginner-level books with your help.
  • Late Elementary (8 years+): At this age, most children will continue exploring different types of texts to enhance their reading comprehension skills.