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Welcome to Help a Child to Read!
While teachers are amazing, so are parents! I believe that any parent can help their child learn to read. All you need is some tools and some time. Whether you homeschool your child or she goes to school and you want to be involved at home, this is a great place to start!

Step #1: Learn About the Reading Sequence

Reading is best taught in a sequence. Below is a chart to illustrate the sequence for teaching reading through phonics instruction. The biggest tool you can have is to ALWAYS KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILD IS IN THE READING SEQUENCE. This is called the instructional level. Take some time to become familiar with the Sequence for Reading Words, and decide where your child is on the road to reading. Click here to download this Sequence for Reading Words.

Pre-Reading Skills: Skills that prepare a child for reading such as moving from left to right, and knowing the parts of a book.

CVC Words: Consonant, vowel, consonant words (pat, cup). All vowels in CVC words make the short vowel sound.

Beginning Blend: Two consonants that appear together at the beginning of a word, each retaining its sound when blended (plan, snap)

Ending Blend: Two consonants that appear together at the end of a word, each retaining its sound when blended (dump, mask)

Consonant Digraph: Two consonants that together stand for one sound (shop, chip, this, whip)

R-Controlled Vowel: When the letter 'r' comes after a vowel, it changes the way the vowel sounds (her, bird, fur, star, for)

Vowel Pattern: Patterns that occur in words to produce vowel sounds other than short vowel sounds (silent 'e' in bake, 'ee' in green)

Step #2: Choose the Best Resource to Help You Teach Your Child
Help a Child to Read has resources to help with each step of the Reading Sequence.  Each resource is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.

Pre-Reading Skills Practice
Just print and practice. Includes a flip chart of visuals and several hands-on ways to practice ready-to-read skills.

CVC Words No-Prep Binder
Just print and read binder. A great choice if you don't have a lot of time for preparation.

CVC Words Engaging Activities

Beyond CVC Words No-Prep Binder
Just print and read binder. A great choice if you don't have a lot of time for preparation

Beyond CVC Engaging Activities
A variety of engaging hands-on ways to practice reading beyond CVC words. Some preparation required.


Vowel Patterns No-Prep Binder
Great for children who are starting to read short chapter books, but still need mini-lessons on struggling words.


  1. Terrific information for helping children to learn to read.

  2. GReat content! I have a structured approach and I can assess whether we can move on to the next phase! Thanks

  3. Awesome!...Have got a great skill to teach how to read.Thank you!


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