How I Taught
My Four-Year-Old Son
to Read

Stuart Samuel, Ph.D.

     How I Taught My Four-Year-Old Son to Read is a scientifically developed, 34-page, information-packed pamphlet about everything a parent needs to know to teach a preschooler simple reading. If you follow the methods of this pamphlet and spend about 20 minutes every other day with your child implementing them, then, within less than a year, you can expect your four- or five-year old daughter or son to be able to read at a first grade level. These early-learning measures virtually guarantee that your child will be a top reader in school and increase the chances that she or he will be a superior student.


  1. Introduction (explains the theory behind five early-learning reading methods)
  2. What To Do with Two and Three Year Olds (toddler letter learning and reading)
  3. How I Implemented the Five Methods (detailed description on how to teach your preschooler to read)
  4. Other Issues (motivating your child, Internet resources, what to do next)

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An Excerpt:

     The following was quite useful for increasing Michael's sight-recognition vocabulary. I used to look ahead through a story for a word that appeared repeatedly and that I wanted Michael to learn. For example, if the word was "ball", then I would say to him, "We're going to pretend that I am unable to say the word 'ball.' Each time I come to this word, I will not be able to continue unless you read the word. Please help me by saying 'ball' each time I come to it."
     This relatively easy exercise is worth trying even at age three. The pause provides the child with a hint that he or she should say the word. How did I know whether Michael was reading the word or responding to the pause? I didn't.
     So next, I told Michael that I was unable to read two particular words. I showed them to him very carefully before proceeding. Now he had to look at the letters to decide which one to say. This exercise of having your son or daughter read a word or two is excellent for getting him or her to play a role in the reading.

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