Reading is a skill that kids pick up at a surprisingly wide range of ages. Some precocious readers practically teach themselves at 4. Some kids don't put all the steps together until well into first or even second grade. Generally around age 5 is when most children start to put the pieces together and make the transition from pre-reading to actual reading.It's too early to worry if your child is only beginning to learn to read or still has little interest or aptitude. Keep practice fun and low pressure. Some tips:• As you read aloud to your child, move your finger underneath the words so she can follow along. • Point to the relevant pictures as you read, too. • Choose simple beginner books to read aloud, such as the Key Words With Ladybird - Series by W. Murray. Beginner Books series or others with a limited vocabulary of simple words. • As your child learns to recognize a few "sight words" ("a," "the," "and"), pause as you read so that she can supply them. • Help her sound out other simple words syllable by syllable — "C-aaa-T".• Have lots of patience and don't rush her.