Tips for Helping Your Children Learn to Read*

Monday’s Parenting Thought
Reading stories to your children very early can prepare them to be good readers in school. Here are some things you can do to help them.
  • Point out and talk about the letters on the pages – for example, “Letters go together to make words.” And, “Some words are short (just a few letters) while others are long (many letters).”
  • Point out that letters come in different sizes – have your child help you pick out the big letters and small letters.
  • Point out that you are going to read from left to right – “First I will read this page and then the page next to it.”
  • Point out that you will read from the top of the page to the bottom of the page.
  • Have your child help you point to the words as you read them.
  • Point out any words included in the pictures (in signs, labels, thought bubbles, or speech bubbles) – “These words tell us what the little boy is having for breakfast. The carton says, ‘Milk’”
*These tips are from Child Development, May/June 2012, Volume 83, Number 3, Pages 810-820.
Inspired by MR. ZINGER’S HAT by Cary Fagan
More about storytelling at: The Importance of Storytelling

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