Music makes books a lot more fun to read. But that's not all it does. It has been proven through the study of neuroscience that music stimulates the brain. A stimulated brain learns better. Memorizes more. Recalls information. Music unlocks your child's ability to read.
Engagement and connection are the points of this first step. To achieve that, have your child select the story they want to begin with. An engaged child will want to enjoy the story again and again. If they are not connected to the story, have them select a different one. You will know when they have found one they love. Encourage their desire to view it again and again. You will know they are ready to move on to the next step when they can recite the story to you.
In this step the story is slower--one word at a time. This is important--the child begins to see the correlation between the word they hear and the one they see. The music that brought the story to life in the first step will help them memorize it now.
The story remains slow in this step, and the narration is gone. The music remains, reminding the child of the words that they are now reading on their own.
In this step the story returns to its original speed. The narration is gone, but your child does not need it. They are now the narrator.