8 Signs of Reading Readiness

When my youngest daughter turned 4 in September 2013, I realized she was still not familiar with all the letters in the alphabet. She only recognized the letters L, C, F, I, Y and A.

I read that by age 4 children should identify at least 10 alphabet letters, especially those in their own names. Though she identifies those letters in her own name, she only knows 6 alphabet letters. I know it’s not a big deal; I can teach her four more letters and she’s on track.

IMG_4620My husband and I are planning on enrolling her to Preparatory on June 2014, and by then she will be 4 years old and 9 months. Just the right age for K12 curriculum, but to get to Preparatory, the school prefers that the child knows how to read. So we thought of finding her a place to learn to read since I know and I admit with all my heart that teaching is not my best trait.

I did more research to find out if Lily, at her age, can be taught to read.

And this is what I found out:

The age at which a child is ready to read can vary dramatically.
Children can start from the age of three years old on up to eleven years old and beyond, but generally reading occurs between the age of four and ten years old.


The age of readiness or desire to read can be easily determined by paying attention to the clues that children freely provide.

Here are the 8 signs of reading readiness:

1. Your child pretends to read.

Check!  Every time my phone beeps for a text message, she asks me if she could read it and will utter random words pretending to read my text message.

2. Your child maintains phonemic awareness or knows the sounds that letters make.

3. You notice your child takes interest in the environments written words on street signs, cereal boxes, TV, magazines, flyers, books, etc.

Check again!

4. Your child looks at pictures and tells a story or repeats a known story in her own words.

Check! She has this little book she always asks her eldest sister to read to her. One time she was standing at my side while I was doing the dishes and asked me to listen to her read.  It was very impressive because she even know when to turn to the next page.

5. If your child can add the missing word to an incomplete sentence presented orally.

6. If they can define or give the meaning of simple words.

7. If they use left to-right progression.

8. If they can pronounce their own first and last names.

Check, check, check!

She’s READY!

I saw an ad about a reading class in the same building where my two other kids take their music lessons.

Awesome! I immediately went to inquire.

I was greeted by a nice lady who introduced herself as Teacher Ging.

She patiently answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. She didn’t ask me to enroll my child right away but asked me to think it over with my husband because the commitment of bringing Lily three times a week at school requires a solid yes on our part.

She is amazing. If that was someone else they might have asked me for a down payment because I wasted her time by talking to me.

I’m having a good feeling about the school…

When I got home I told my husband I found a school where Lily can be taught to read. I was ecstatic, and I told him straight away we will enroll Lily there. I told him about the school and my conversation with Teacher Ging; he didn’t say a word and remained listening until I finished my story. ( He can’t control my excitement, he knew I was sold and nothing he would say would convince me otherwise.) When I’m done talking he just said… “OK.”

That’s it! We reached a mutual decision to enroll Lily. 😀

It’s been three months since Lily first stepped into The Reading Station (TRS). And let me be the first one to tell you that they are worth every penny.

lily at school

One day I came across a research about the “Best Way to Learn How to Read” (funded by National Institute of Health, updated in 2012).

There are three important aspects of reading.

Part 1: Phonemic awareness, or learning the individual sounds that constitute a language. For example, “buh” as the sound of “b”

Part 2: Phonics, or the letter-sound relationships available in the language

Part 3: Exposure to the meaning of the written word by reading to the child as well as having the child begin to read independently

After 10 hours, Lily passed Part 1. She knows all the sounds of the letters. At 25 hours she could read three-letter words and decode words when she encountered them for the first time. Now she’s into Part 3.


Her progress is faster than expected. I feel like she’s getting one school year of education in three months.

My husband was very impressed with Lily’s progress; he asked me to enroll Ruben, 5 years old, in their summer program to speed up his reading skills. We were worried that Lily would read better than Ruben after summer and we don’t want Ruben to be left behind.

After only 5 hours, Ruben can read game instructions from an iPad all by himself.

My husband and I were thrilled.

The school has the most loving and patient teachers! They know their craft.  They are passionate about the things they do every day. Regardless how tiresome their day was, you will always be greeted by their most sweet smiles.

IMG_4715 Isn’t it the ideal school you want to get your children into?


The things they do are just wonderful!

Next time again ladies!

*PS* For those who have been asking about the address and contact number it’s The Reading Station, 6th Flr. Northridge Plaza, Congressional Ave., QC.  0917-7217634 or 412-0200








5 comments on 8 Signs of Reading Readiness

  1. adela eugenio
    April 28, 2014 at 1:06 am (4 years ago)

    Nice one joy,great idea for my little boy.

    • Joy Gurtiza
      April 28, 2014 at 8:49 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Adel, glad you liked it! 🙂 Mag school na ba ung little boy mo this coming school year?

  2. Lani
    April 28, 2014 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    Hi joy! What are other programs do they have for younger kids like my Gianna( she’s 2.2 yo as of today) I don’t wanna enroll her yet to a regular day school,Gymboree Sana ( yey more mall hours for me)
    Ps. Natuwa ako Sa mutual agreement.. Very mutual nga decision nyo to enroll Lily 🙂

    • Joy Gurtiza
      April 28, 2014 at 8:54 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lani. You don’t really miss the details ano? 🙂

      Miss you sis!

      They are accepting 3.5 years old, pwede mo naman sabay para may reading and play :). 3x a week ang pasok, 1 hr per day. 🙂

  3. Lani
    April 28, 2014 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    Oops she’s 3.2 yo 😉


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