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Tiamat Tiamat is offline
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:56 PM
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I would be teaching reading skills in English first if that's the main language he is being educated in. Those skills would readily translate to Spanish as he gets older if that is needed.

Once a child has a basic idea of what reading is and how it works, then learning to read a second/third etc language is much easier than learning to read the first. Using my example of my reading Italian -
even though I don't know the language, I do know all the concepts of print that lead up to reading. I understand directionality (reading left to right, top to bottom), that reading makes meaning, letter/sound correspondence and phonemic awareness, etc, are in place (maybe not entirely accurate for Italian, but enough to make a good start). That applies even when the second or third language uses a different alphabet, although not quite as easily.

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