If you have a preschooler, you are probably wondering about HOW to prepare your child to become a reader. The most important job you have as a parent during this stage of the reading journey is motivation. We want our kids to see learning to read as an exciting adventure, and we’ll talk about about it in this free ONLINE video training. Get five preschoo literacy tips that you can use immediately with your child.
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TOP PRESCHOOL LITERACY TIPS:
- Talking about stories allows a child to learn more about emotions (WHY a character feels the way they do), reasoning/logic, and picture-text connections.
- Act out stories together. Encourage your child to bring characters and plots from their favorite stories into their block/dramatic play.
- Expose your child to lots of new experiences! Prior knowledge will help your child understand what they’re reading later.
Teach your child to “picture walk” through a story. Sometimes this is a fun way to introduce a new book! Children who know how to deduce a story from the illustrations are not dependent on a reader to decode the text every time.
- Watch TV with the captions on!
- Introduce letters and sounds. Keep this fun and low-pressure (child-led) if you can. We used jumbo magnetic letters and an oil pan.
- Rhyming games are a fun and important way to learn ending sounds. Make a points system for nonsense words and those with more than one syllable.
- Give your child plenty of opportunities to write! Make a writing station with paper and pencils/crayons, use chalk outside, etc.
Need to find more time in the day to read with your preschooler? Check out this post for 12 fun ideas!
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I like that you mentioned how exposing your child to new things will help them understand what they are reading in the future. My son is excited to start his first day of preschool next year. I’ll be sure to do what I can to prepare him.
I like that you brought up how rhyming games can help children learn certain ending sounds. I would like to teach my child how to read and feel that rhyming would be able to help him see how certain words are similar.