For Parents

10 Tips to get your child ready to read

  1. Let your child lead by choosing the book, turning the pages, or even pretending to read to you.
  2. Point out writing in your home or other places you take your child, such as the park or grocery store.
  3. After you finish a story or TV show, ask your child to tell you what happened.
  4. Re-read books. Hearing stories again helps children understand the plot and recognize the pattern of a story.
  5. Play with blocks or puzzles together.
  6. Provide crayons or pencils for writing or drawing.
  7. Sing nursery rhymes together.
  8. Play rhyming games. Take turns coming up with nonsense rhyming words.
  9. Just talk to each other. Use the same words you would use when talking to a friend.
  10. Set a good example by reading yourself.

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Help your child get ready to read in school:

    Print motivation:
    being interested in and enjoying books. 
     Begin reading books early - even when your child is a baby
    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

    knowing the names of things.
    Read to your children in your first language. Ask a librarian to help you find books in your language.

    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.

    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.
    Narrative Skills: 
    being able to describe things and events, and tell stories.
    Talk to your child about the every day things you are doing