Beginning to read - helping your child the years, working in different schools from state (U.S. equivalent is public schools) to private, parental involvement in reading plays a big part in children's literacy skills. Of course there isn't an umbrella solution to solving issues regarding children's ability to read, but reading as often as you can to your child sets a child on a good path to gaining a love for reading. Don't feel disappointed if your child doesn't take the hint and sit quietly reading their book or flicking through the pages without prompting. Small steps.

Not every child will love to read story books, some prefer comics, non fiction, others enjoy reading the same text over and over; all of this is beneficial. In school they will be presented with a variety of text genres that they will study in a group or as a class so their own personal reading preferences will not impinge on this.

But how to start your child off on their reading journey when they are beginning to link sounds to letter shapes? You may be overwhelmed by your local library selection. Picture books with no words are a great way to introduce children reading.

The Oxford reading tree is a great scheme that is used in many schools and internationally (not sponsored) to help children get off to a good start and will scaffold their reading throughout their school years. Often schools invest in these. Check out Amazon kindle as they sometimes have free offers of different Oxford reading tree books fora limited time.

As an experienced teacher and a mum, I have created some reading books with the early reader in mind.

These books are designed with the emergent reader in mind. However, there is another aspect to them. Often, in international schools, children join the class having experienced different educational backgrounds. Some have have been at school since they were 3 or 4 others have jumped from the American, to the British to the Canadian system as their families travel around a particular region for work. Curriculums vary. There are students that have not had formal education as they are not required to start school until 7. These texts are designed for reading on a device (or on an interactive whiteboard) with a variety of growing subjects that children can read and not feel conscious if they are not up to their peer's corresponding level. Subjects vary as literacy levels can fluctuate depending on age.

Other books are useful for children whose vocabulary is not quite at the same level as the rest of the class but you want to involve them in the lesson in a meaningful way so that they are part of the differentiation. These are quick and easy read and can be re-read over and over. They are paperless and can be shared with your child or class once you have purchased the product. Each class will need their own license.

Flash cards are also included as a pdf. and useful to reinforce words.
* Disclaimer, any recommendations are just that and please test out any equipment, activities websites yourself to ensure they are suitable for your class or child / children. Always ensure children are supervised by a responsible adult.