Learning to read in primary school: How does that work?

Leren lezen op de basisschool: hoe werkt dat?

As soon as children go to primary school they learn the letters of the alphabet. When they go to group three they really start reading. But how is that learning to read? And how can you stimulate or help your child as a parent? In this article you can read all about reading for children.


When does your child start reading?

Children really start to learn to read when they are around five or six years old. They learn this at school. In fact, as a parent you do not have to learn to read your child at home, but it helps if you start with this in a playful way. A few ideas how to teach children to read:

  • Challenge your child to play a game in which he or she has to think about words.
  • Crafts with letters. Go cut letters together or search in newspapers. Make crazy words or a nice collage.
  • These are fun for children to play with, so they can learn to form words themselves.
  • Use a subject to learn your child about the context of words. What words can you name if you think of the zoo?
  • reading aloud! We can't say it often enough. Reading aloud is one of the most important things for the education of your child.
  • Learn read through an app. You can download different apps on your tablet that children learn to read in a playful way.


Learn to read at school

The majority of learning to read happens at school. That starts as early as in group one and two. First children learn to recognize letters by, for example, drawing letters with their finger, singing the alphabet and learning to write their own name. In group two, children start to learn to read more by, for example, learning to recognize words. From group three, children really start to learn to read. For example, they learn how to pronounce words and learn to read whole sentences. Isn't it going so smoothly yet? That is not bad, in group three children still have to get all the space and freedom in it. Group four is where the children are going to practice with fluent reading and learning to understand texts, or reading comprehension. In groups five to eight, the focus will remain on reading comprehension. Often children get AVI booklets to read.


Handy apps: learning how to read

Does your child have trouble reading? Then we have a few useful tips that can help:

  • Start reading aloud first, then transfer the baton. To let your child read yourself, it can first help read a piece from the book. Your child is then completely in the story and is more likely to pick up the book himself.
  • Alternate reading. Another tip is to alternate reading together. Take turns a page from the book or start a little smaller and alternate paragraphs.
  • reading aloud! Is it again. Reading to your child remains important, try to do this as long as a parent.
  • Sometimes it is also possible that a book is still too difficult for your child. This allows him or she to become demotivated faster to read. A handy tip to prevent this is to have your child read the first page of the book. Are there four or more words unknown? Then the level of the book is a bit too high. On to the next!

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