10 Tips to get your child ready to read
- Let your child lead by choosing the book, turning the pages, or even pretending to read to you.
- Point out writing in your home or other places you take your child, such as the park or grocery store.
- After you finish a story or TV show, ask your child to tell you what happened.
- Re-read books. Hearing stories again helps children understand the plot and recognize the pattern of a story.
- Play with blocks or puzzles together.
- Provide crayons or pencils for writing or drawing.
- Sing nursery rhymes together.
- Play rhyming games. Take turns coming up with nonsense rhyming words.
- Just talk to each other. Use the same words you would use when talking to a friend.
- Set a good example by reading yourself.
Help your child get ready to read in school:
- LOVE BOOKS
Print motivation: being interested in and enjoying books.
Begin reading books early - even when your child is a baby
- USE BOOKS
Print awareness: understanding that print has meaning; noticing print everywhere, not just in books; knowing how to handle a book.
If there are only a few words on the page, point to each word as you say it
- NEW WORDS
Vocabulary: knowing the names of things.
Read to your children in your first language. Ask a librarian to help you find books in your language.
- SEE LETTERS
Letter knowledge: knowing that letters look different from each other; knowing letter names and sounds.
Name different shapes: the ball is round, the box is square, the line is straight. Letters are built on shapes. Check out ABC books and concept books at the library.
- MAKE SOUNDS
Phonological awareness: being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds that make up words.
Make up your own silly songs and rhymes. Check out Mother Goose books at the library.
- TELL STORIES
Narrative Skills: being able to describe things and events, and tell stories.
Talk to your child about the every day things you are doing