Hi mummies! When should a child start to know how to read? My child is in nursery class bt has yet to progress to learn how to read she is only able to recognise words through memorising. And advice how am i able to guide her how to read and blend the words?

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Developmentally, children aged less than 5 are not really expected to be able to recognise letters and to read. Emphasis instead should be placed on oral language development, learning to understand stories read to them and learning to play. Unfortunately, our local preschools are very academically oriented and focus much too early on literacy. As your child is in nursery, I would not be too worried right now if she is not able to recognise letters or learn phonics. Letters have no meaning to children this young. I would only be concerned if letter recognition and phonics learning is still an issue towards the end of K1.

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5y ago

Thank you dr tammy appreciate the response

Hi, not to worry mummy. My gal is in K1 and only knows how to read now. Every child's learning pace is different and blending words will come when they know phonics well. Otherwise, they can only memorize. I started my gal with simple books from Peter and Jane (repetitive words). Phonics from letterland (Youtube or purchased off shelf). As she knows the alphabet sounds, then we progress to blend some of the words.

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5y ago

Thank you mummy for your reply shall take note of the advice given!