10 Proven Lessons to Get Your Child Reading Before First Grade

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Have you ever wondered why we wait until first grade to get our children reading? Before age six, children have enormous capacities for learning. Yet, some struggle to learn and others take to it rather easily.

With the step-by-step, guided instruction from Ucan Courses, you can give your child the advantage of a lifetime. This proven method for teaching your child to read by first grade is getting attention. It gives kids a running start, boosts confidence, and eliminates that overwhelming feeling so many have on the first day of school. Importantly, it puts the parent in the driver’s seat: All you need is 10 minutes a day for 15 days!Meet Shelana

Shelana is a first-grade teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She’s also a wife, mother, and grandmother. And, she can be your Ucan coach, guiding you in teaching your child to read.

Why Parents Love Ucan Kids

It’s fun, easy, and goes at the child’s own pace. It can also be used by nannies or grandparents. It gets results. The program builds skills in comprehension and retention – essential for young learners. It will have your child reading – and understanding – full sentences by first grade!

People who use Ucan Kids tend to be:

  • College-focused parents with an eye on Harvard who want to give their child every advantage.
  • Beginner parents who benefit from Shelana’s proven methods for teaching kids.
  • Busy parents who find that 10 minutes of paired and shared learning creates a special bond that reinforces learning.
  • Homeschooling parents who use the program as a foundation for learning.
  • Parents of a child with learning challenges who will benefit from early attention.

As you give your child all the advantages of this remarkable methodology for learning to read, you’ll get super parenting tips and tons of support, games and tools to download, and the joy that comes when you see your child reading, retaining, and comprehending words. For children everywhere, education really is the future. Once your child has discovered the magic of reading, a whole world of learning awaits.

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  1. James Robert says

    This is awesome an we cannot get kids started fast enough with reading.

  2. Thanks for the tips. I will definitely be using them.

  3. reading is such a good thing for all ages!

  4. Cindy S Kuykendall says

    Reading is such an important building block for learning. Good readers are good students.

  5. Ashley Trail says

    Thanks for the advice, I used some of these when my son was little learning to read!

  6. Thank you so much. Reading is so important to learning and would love for my son to be an active reader

  7. charlotte says

    I think more and more it is important to teach children to read love to read. It is too easy to get absorbed in all of this technology..


    love it sounds great

  9. Daniel Scott says

    Our pediatrician told us one of the most important things we can do is to read to our child. Our whole family now reads together.

  10. This looks like a great way to help kids get a jumpstart on reading. I like that it only takes 10 minutes a day!

  11. Holly A Thomas says

    This is great for first time parents.

  12. Cathy French says

    Back when I was in preschool, I started at age 3 at least a full year younger than anyone else. I started reading early too.

  13. sarah conaway says

    I read to my son every day. He’s 9 months old.

  14. It is super that if you sign up for the free 10 Step Cheat Sheet then after which you’ll get three free training videos.

  15. This is a nice collection of tips for young children.

  16. Sara Tarver says

    Great article

  17. donna porter says

    This sounds great so children can learn to read before entering school. This is something I need to pass on to my sister for her kids.

  18. Derrick Johnson says

    This is really good. My brother needs to look into this.

  19. christina Moore says

    Thank you for the tips, I will tell my granddaughter about this,

  20. christina Moore says

    Thank you for the tips, I will tell my granddaughter about this

  21. I wish this program had been around when my sons were growing up

  22. I am 64 and I wish this had been around when my sons were growing up

  23. I am happy that this program can eliminates that overwhelming feeling so many have on the first day of school. How terrific is that!

  24. Reading is fundamental.

  25. Holly A Thomas says

    I will tell my niece about this.

  26. These guided instruction from Ucan Courses does sound so worthwhile to try. How wonderful to help children with their reading progress.

  27. Terrific collection of tips.I will share this with some young parents I know.

  28. Tamra Phelps says

    Giving kids a little bit of a head start is always a good idea. And they are such little sponges at that age that they’ll probably learn much quicker.

  29. Valerie Powers says

    Love it!

  30. Mary Songer says

    If you can get your child to love reading then you’ve fostered a great lifelong habit. My mother did this for me and I’m still a big reader to this day.

  31. Jessi Housel says

    Never too young to focus on literacy! reading is so important these days and once acquired it opens the doors for so much learning. Worth looking into.

  32. Cami Valenzuela says

    Such great tips. I will have to look into this for my son.

  33. It is such an exciting time when your child learns how to read. This program really sounds terrific to try.

  34. Derrick Johnson says

    The online courses will help so many people.

  35. Tamra Phelps says

    Anything you can do to help boost a child’s confidence is great. This looks like a winning idea.

  36. Mandy Hammons says

    Love all your freebie suggestions

  37. I do like if you enroll that you receive cheat sheet, the free training videos, and all the bonus educational tools.

  38. I think that early reading is absolutely essential so any program that can aid that is a good thing.

  39. Tamra Phelps says

    It’s nice that they have the online course. That will help out a lot of people.

  40. Ten minutes a day is a good way to start without overwhelming kids. What a neat way to introduce early reading skills.

  41. I think this is great that this program can boosts confidence. That is such a wonderful thing for all children.

  42. sheila ressel says

    What a great program to get kids off to a great start with reading. The earlier the better.

  43. Nice lessons for helping children to read.

  44. A love of books is one of the greatest gifts to give a child – it opens the world to them!

  45. Read to your kids from the first. Then read to them at bed times. And let them see YOU reading.

  46. Marla Jones says

    That is very interesting! I am 50 years old,so I guess I am old school. I guess even grandmothers can learn something

  47. Tamra Phelps says

    I like that you can go at the child’s pace. Too often kids fall behind because lessons are going to fast and they give up or too slow and they get bored.

  48. Christina Almond says

    Really great program and so important for kids today to keep avidly reading!


    This is a great article. I definitely will forward on to my sister. She can put this to use with three kids under 6!

  50. Dana Rodriguez says

    I am sharing this with our grandson’s mom. He is only 2 but never too early!

  51. It is a great idea for Homeschooling parents to use the program as a foundation for learning. It is a super program.

  52. I won another blogger’s giveaway over a couple of years ago and part of the prize was 1 year of ABC Mouse for a child. My granddaughter and a couple of the other grandkids loved this app! They learned a few things just by messing around with it. UCan is a good way to keep up a child’s confidence! Thank you for sharing!

  53. Learing how to read is an essential skill. the earler the better.

  54. Melissa Storms says

    This looks like a great program to give children a bit of a head start.

  55. Instilling a love of books and reading at an early age is so very important. I like how the program can help with this and keep kids from struggling.

  56. Tamra Phelps says

    This is a really nice idea. Kids can only benefit from early learning like this.

  57. Karen Jaras says

    I love when kids get excited about reading.

  58. These are great lessons to get your child reading before the first grade! Thank you so much for sharing!

  59. Megan Cromes says

    this is a very informative article ty 🙂

  60. Cami Valenzuela says

    This is such a awesome program. Teaching kids to read is do important. The sooner the better!

  61. What a great list!

  62. I really like that you only need about 10 minutes a day for 15 days for results. Terrific.

  63. More and more, it is wise that children be taught how to safely navigate the internet.

  64. Calshondra Williams says

    I have to say the information was very helpful about getting toddlers ready to read. I wish it was around when I needed it. I will definitely pass this along to my daughter. Thanks again for sharing.

  65. Tamra Phelps says

    I like that she is a teacher with loads of experience. She definitely knows how to teach little ones to read.

  66. Christina Almond says

    What a wonderful program! I am such a believer in how advantageous early reading and a fostering for loving books can be for a child’s life!

  67. My little girl loves to read, so I will definitely look into these tips to help her out.

  68. Karen Jaras says

    My grandson struggles with dyslexia but fortunately my husband was a teacher his whole life. We give him tutoring after school,

  69. Kelly Nicholson says

    i dont have children,but ill sure pass on the info for other thanks

  70. Thanks for this awesome post.

  71. Margaret S Porter says

    This is awesome. Sharing with my kids to help my grandkids

  72. Julie Lundstrom says

    Some good information. My grand daughter will be learning to read soon and I am always looking for ways to get them to read.

  73. Gina Ferrell says

    This is a wonderful resource for encouraging kids to read at a early age.

  74. Jennylyn Gross says

    Very informative interesting article. I will share with my daughter for my granddaughter

  75. Tamra Phelps says

    I like that you can do this with your child, and the instructions guide you step by step. That’s definitely helpful.

  76. Dana Rodriguez says

    This is a great article. Our grandson is a little young yet but I will keep this in mind!

  77. Sounds like a very useful program for children. Wish they had it when mine were that age.

  78. Great article, I work for a public library and I agree how important it is for children to be read to early and have access to more books!

  79. Having kids be able to read before 1st grade is a great thing. This program sounds like a good thing.

  80. This is one amazing program for children!! I love to read..

  81. Saundra McKenzie says

    This sounds like a really good program with lots of good tips.

  82. Saundra McKenzie says

    Sounds like a really good program. Lots of good tips.

  83. Deborah Cochran says

    My oldest son home schools his two daughters (age 4 and 7) and they both started reading at an early age (at least by age 4). His older daughter is reading 5th grade level books.

  84. Alison King says

    Interesting. I love to read and I hope to pass that love on to my child as well.

  85. Sounds like a great program that pays off well in the end!

  86. I grew up with two older sisters, so I entered school knowing how to count and read.

  87. You have to start early and instill the love of reading. So many kids these days look at reading as a punishment.

  88. I am totally going to check this out. I have a daughter who is currently in kindergarten, and another daughter who is 3 years old. The Ucan Courses look awesome and I think both my daughters an benefit from it. There is so much more emphasis on early reading these days, and I want to make sure both my daughters are on track, and I am doing everything I can for them.

  89. Ucan Courses does sound like a terrific head start for children to learn to read.

  90. Teresa Kunberger says

    Definitely check.this out for my 2nd youngest child! My middle daughter is in 1st grade and is having a hard start on reading:(

  91. Teresa Kunberger says

    Definitely check.this out for my 2nd youngest child!

  92. I feel that this is something that is important when it comes to young children and starting school. It’s never a bad idea to try to get them excited and ahead of the game, so when the time comes in school to start learning, they will already have an understanding of certain things and it will make it easier for them.

  93. rochelle haynes says

    This sound great to me

  94. Sounds like a great program! We always give books for gifts to encourage reading and try to make it fun. To get children interested in reading early is so important!

  95. Quanda Dykstra says

    I have always encouraged my children to read prior to Kindergarten. Reading is crucial too little ones.

  96. Tamra Phelps says

    I like the idea of teaching kifs to read as early as possible. It can only benefit them.

  97. Tamra Phelps says

    It definitely pays to help kids read before school. This sounds like a really good program.

  98. Tamra Phelps says

    An early start never hurts, for sure. Kids soak up knowledge like a sponge when they’re young.

  99. Angela Saver says

    Great tips and this sounds like a great program!

  100. These are great lessons. We had our girls reading early as well – Makes such a difference.

  101. Darlene Jones-Nelson says

    I have always read book to my kids at 4-5 months old. They even got their own library card in the first grade.

  102. Dreama elqadah says

    I love this wonderful resource for encouraging early reading, so important

  103. Trina Chadwick says

    I love anything that helps children unplug
    and read it is just wonderful

  104. Tamra Phelps says

    Good ideas! Every kid I’ve known is so eager to learn to read. They would really like these.

  105. Thanks for all the info.

  106. LeAnn Harbert says

    This is good information to have for my granddaughters.

  107. Read to your baby from day 1. I did it with my son, but not my daughter, and you can tell the difference. Mommy guilt.

  108. kathy pease says

    My granddaughter is 3 and I will have to let my daughter know about this.

  109. Thank you for the info. I’ve taught almost all my kids how to read. The two youngest are starting to learn soon.

  110. Thanks for the great info!

  111. Mary Gardner says

    This look like something that is helpful for children that are ready to learn.

  112. Buddyi Garrett says

    I love these great tips to encourage early reading.

  113. Reading is so important! Thanks for sharing!

  114. Buddy Garrett says

    I enjoyed the post. The tips are great to encourage reading.

  115. Sheila Colbert says

    Awesome really need this

  116. Shakeia Rieux says

    This would be great for my youngest niece who will be 4 this year,

  117. Shakeia Rieux says

    This would be great for my youngest niece who will be 4 this year.

  118. Reading is so important and opens your mind and heart in so many ways. I remember the first books each one of my children read through by themselves; such an amazing feeling!

  119. I’m a teacher, and so grateful that parents are taking the time to develop their child’s reading skills. It’s a necessary tool that kids need to master for later success.

  120. Cassandra D says

    Thank you for the information. My little cousin would benefit from this information.

  121. Maryann D. says

    Parents will appreciate getting advice and needed help for a head start to reading for their children. It will make it much easier when they start school with less stress.

  122. (10 Proven Lessons to Get Your Child Reading Before First Grade) We started reading to our five year old grandson at a very early age. That child loves books and goes with Mom or Dad to the library at least once a week.

  123. Linda Szymoniak says

    Making reading enjoyable for your children can go a long way in making them life-long readers. Good reading skills can help in their education since so much of the information they need to learn comes from books. I’m happy my girls all love to read (and one has even written several novels herself)

  124. Sandy Klocinski says

    It’s awesome when a child learns to read before he/she even starts school. Thanks for sharing. I read to my daughter every day.

  125. Maryann D. says

    What a super feeling to know your child is reading by first grade. This is a super program.

  126. I downloaded your cheat sheet with very helpful tips and will give it to my granddaughter also. She will be able to use it for my great-granddaughter Milah who is 18 months old. Thank you!

  127. Christina moore says

    Great tips, I will share this with my granddaughter

  128. Jennifer Sagan says

    Such A great idea. All 3 of my girls love to read.

  129. Sandy Klocinski says

    Reading is one of the most important things a child can learn. My daughter was reading signs on the highway when she was 4 years old! The confidence that comes from doing something well is priceless

  130. Karen Propes says

    Reading is so important, we have always brought books in the kids’ lives early. Thanks for sharing. This will help my Grandson as he is starting school in a few years.

  131. Great idea

  132. Maryann D. says

    This online course does sound fantastic for children and a super head start to reading!

  133. Shakeia Rieux says

    These are great tips, and will be very helpful!

  134. kathy pease says

    I will have to show this post to my daughter for my granddaughter.

  135. Holly Thomas says

    This is a great idea!

  136. Jodi Hunter says

    Thanks for this incredible offer.

  137. I’ve never heard of this program but sounds good for parents with younger kids. Our daughter was reading before kindergarden. I read to her every night practically since she was born. We read signs, food items, etc.

  138. Sandy Klocinski says

    Thanks for sharing. This is the first I’ve heard of this. Reading is so important!

  139. Francine Anchondo says

    Thanks for the info.

  140. Antoinette M says

    Very interesting…I’ve never heard of this program.

  141. Sandra Lee says

    Great article!

  142. Cassandra D says

    Thank you for the information.

  143. Dorothy Boucher says

    Thank you for sharing this information and your ideas, I think its important to start teaching and start reading to your little ones early.

  144. These are great tips! I want to make sure when we have a baby they are reading as soon as possible! Reading is crazy important in our life!

  145. Good program.once my kids learned to read they never stopped they love reading now

  146. Sara Tarver says

    Great article!

  147. Marisela Zuniga says

    Thank you for sharing these great tips

  148. KIM BOOKJUNKIE says

    I so badly wish I had seen this article BEFORE my son started elementary school!!!

  149. Laurel cole says

    Great article, we all can fill our lives with knowledge through reading.

  150. Anything that gets books into the hands of kids is a good thing.

  151. Thank you for all of the wonderful comments. I am touched and so grateful.
    I designed this course because my middle child struggled during her first grade integration.
    In no way does this course replace first grade; it is there to build confidence, creativity, focus, vocabulary, comprehension, better writing skills, reduce stress and anxiety.

    As Toni Seese commented, the course will provide quality time between parent and child without the need for any phones, tablets and fancy apps.

    I am here to help. If you have any questions feel free to email me on shelana@ucancourses.com

  152. Maryann D. says

    I was certainly happy when I did see my child reading, retaining, and comprehending words.

  153. Interesting article! Thanks for sharing it!

  154. Another thing is to read to your child every day and to let them see you reading at other times.

  155. Very important that they be well rounded

  156. Marisela Zuniga says

    Thank you for the great tips

  157. Dorothy Boucher says

    I believe everyone should start reading as soon as they can, teach them while they are young.

  158. Dorothy Boucher says

    I really enjoyed reading this, I think its so important to start reading to your children at a young age.

  159. Michelle Hahn says

    What an inspiration.

  160. Maryann D. says

    It is wonderful when your child is learning to read and comprehend. It is a big milestone for sure.

  161. Reading will teach your children history and science.

  162. Reading is so important for children and helps parents to bond with them.

  163. Sounds encouraging and positive for children and reading! Thumbs up!

  164. I read a lot and when my grandkids were little I read to them way early. After awhile I would test them and say the wrong words and they would tell me “that not what happened Grandma, it said they went out to play for awhile. Kids can learn more the earlier you start them off.”

  165. Linda Szymoniak says

    Children learn by example and the best way to get them to want to read is for them to see their parents (and siblings, etc.) read. Having a parent or someone else sit down with them and read to them really helps, too. I grew up loving books and all three of my daughters were reading before they started kindergarten and they are all lovers of books. One of them has even written several novels of her own!


    This is great information; very useful! Thanks for sharing!

  167. This is a very informative article

  168. Dorothy Boucher says

    This is wonderful, I think its so important to start teaching your children early, get them to read.

  169. Jeane Campbell says

    I’m a retired school librarian and kids learning to read early is essential

  170. Maryann D. says

    I do think this proven method for teaching your child to read by first grade sounds very interesting!

  171. Reading with your kids is so important!

  172. Wish they had it when my kids were younger

  173. I’m gonna passthis infooff to my daughter

  174. I think reading is so important my son I think hates reading. I tried starting him at a young age but he wasn’t having it. These are some help ful resources.

  175. Cathy French says

    This is fantastic. Reading should be a great outlet and learning tool as well.

  176. Gwendolyn Jordan says

    Sounds great for kids learning to read

  177. Julie Waldron says

    I love this! I read to our daughter’s a lot when they were little, now they’re both in their 20’s and are avid readers. I think it’s so important to start reading to your children from a very young age.

  178. Reading is so important and i have heard that that is the key to your child being able to understand and onboard information in general

  179. sheila ressel says

    Sounds like a wonderful program and a great way to give your child a leg up in school. Sounds like a great confidence builder as well.

  180. rochelle haynes says

    sounds nice looking good

  181. Maryann D. says

    Ucan Courses does sound like a terrific program. Children are learning to read much quicker now then when I was in school.

  182. Reading, retaining, comprehending words, I am a strong believer in reading.

  183. Sounds great! I like that Shelana has so much teaching experience!

  184. Marisela Zuniga says

    I love reading to my 3 year old! he loves getting new books, I’m hoping he will love to read once he gets older

  185. Donna L Holder says

    you cant rush babies like that. its not natural

    • Hi Donna,

      Thank you for your message.

      I never said you need to start teaching babies to read. My course is aimed at 4-6+ year olds who are ready to start the process of learning to read.

      My course encourages parents to help their children learn to read in a safe, happy and relaxed environment, going at their child’s pace.

      If you would like to learn more about my course, please follow the link below and have a look at my FREE Cheat Sheet:

  186. Nancy Burgess says

    This is a great reading program so important to learn to read.

  187. All great points! Thanks for sharing!

  188. Thanks for sharing this information.

  189. We try and read a book before bed each day. It really helps build kids vocabulary and knowledge!

  190. Reading books is so important for children. It’s getting lost for them because of video games and smartphones. That needs to change quickly.

  191. Sounds like a wonderful program to help children with the foundations of reading!


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