Let’s get Ready for Reading: A fun and easy guide to help kids become readers…so what else is in the guide continued…
Being familiar with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and reading. Noticing that print is all around, that it carries a message and has meaning, is a very important connection your child will make.
So, how do we help them make this connection? It’s simple really, and you probably don’t even know you’re doing it already.
Here’s how…talk to, and with, your child constantly; but also, take EVERY opportunity to read aloud to your child. For example, while walking or driving, point to and read aloud signs. Talk about street signs, traffic signs, posters and billboards. Point out labels while shopping, and logos on t-shirts. Read recipe instructions out loud, nutritional facts on the side of the cereal box, menus, notes, etc. By doing this, you demonstrate to your child that letters and print are everywhere; that they are important and knowing how to read them is even more important. Children who recognize that reading is valuable will be motivated to learn to read themselves.
Encourage them to scribble, write and draw in their daily activities. Show them how you write. For example, write a grocery list together with them, then let them “write” one too. Then go shopping and look for the items on both your lists.
This tip and many others, can be found on pages 40 and 41 of Let’s get Ready for Reading: A fun and easy guide to help kids become readers.
See you next Friday for the final installment of fun and easy tips from the Guide!