what to do after kids learn their abc’s: next steps to reading

next steps to reading

Many parents know that their children need to learn the letters of the alphabet, but what happens next?

You’ve got a ton of alphabet books, you point the ABC’s when you see them, and you do alphabet puzzles with  your kiddos.

You’ve sang the good ole Alphabet Song more times than you care to admit, and you’re pretty sure that your little one can recognize a good number of the letters by himself. 

So now what?

You know that eventually he’s going to need to read, but what could you do–what should you do–to make sure he gets there?  Is it difficult? Is it time consuming? Can you really help?

It’s totally not difficult or time consuming, and you definitely can help.

I’m thrilled to be over at PBS Parents sharing 7 Tips for Early Literacy Learning– From ABC’s to Learning to ReadIt’s a really quick article packed with seven totally manageable things that every parent can do–and should do–to help guide their children toward reading.

Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section–either at PBS Parents or here–letting me know what you do that you’ve found really works toward helping your students or children build a strong foundation of early literacy skills after they know their ABC’s




  1. says

    Hi Amy,
    Great article! I’m getting ready to launch a reading program just for this age group. I’ve got a 3 year old at home who knows letters/letter sounds, but he’s not ready for a faster-paced K curriculum. So, I’ve developed a curriculum for him to take him a little deeper into phonics/phonological awareness and I’m going to be offering it for FREE for anyone who would like to use it. Would LOVE to have you share it with your readers when it launches. 😉
    ~Becky (a.k.a. This Reading Mama)

  2. Melanie says

    Becky, I am very interested in your curriculum! I have a 3 yr old who knows his letters and the sounds they make.

  3. brenn says

    I would love to try anything that may keep my 3 1/2 year old from being bored, and help her be prepared for reading when she gets there.

  4. says

    Hi, I love this Teaching Kids to Read. I agree, it has to be fun. If it’s not, you’ve lost the child even before you’ve started. A parent, teacher, relative has to have the passion of sharing the knowledge of being able to read. The child’s world and imagination will be so big and interesting when they can read. Love this site.


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