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When is my child ready to read?

This is a question often asked by parents.
The Gr R child is NOT SUPPOSED to read yet, but some children begin to show signs of interest. In order for children to be ready to read comfortably they should:

  • TALK and easily understand the language they are going to read in;
  • Possess a good VOCABULARY and be able to execute ASSIGNMENTS and instructions comfortably, in other words it should not be forced on the child;
  • Be able to CONCENTRATE on pictures and then be able to TELL the picture-story;
  • Be able to TELL known stories because they can REMEMBER the content;
  • Be able to RECOGNISE known letters and words which they see every day. There must be a NATURAL DESIRE for letters and words;
  • In other words be AWARE of the written word.
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