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4Be­fore chil­dren can start read­ing, an aware­ness needs to be cre­ated that let­ters dif­fer from each other, like that “a” stands for ap­ple and “b” for bee. Chil­dren have to have an un­der­stand­ing that dif­fer­ent let­ters rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent sounds.

Start with the let­ters of your child's own name. You can also make flash­cards with the word un­derneath the ob­ject. In this way, she al­ready starts mak­ing cer­tain as­so­ci­a­tions.

Teach her phono­log­i­cal skills and help her un­der­stand that small sounds can be put to­gether to make up a word.

Ask her, for in­stance, which two words rhyme: cat and dog, or cat and mat?

Teach her that some parts of a word can be left out: “What word will we be left with if we take away the ‘hot' from the word hot­dog?”

Put words to­gether, such as: “What will we get if we add the word ‘ice' to the word ‘cream'?”

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