There are several contenders for the best way to learn to read, and what works for one child may not work for another. However, parents may want to consider some of these tried and tested methods. Reading at least one book a day to a young child, especially before bedtime is one of the best ways to teach reading; it can also help establish a nighttime routine and calm a child. Talking to your child about individual letters, the sounds they make and basic words that start with that letter can also help improve reading skills. Most kids like to learn nursery rhymes and simple songs, and playing word games that focus on how words sound, or rhymes is appealing to most children. Memorizing words that are used a lot can also be an effective approach. Finally, be patient and make sure learning to read is fun!