Working as a children’s librarian I am often asked, How can I help my child like reading? What can I do to help my struggling reader? What do I do if they aren’t doing well in reading?
There is sooooo much pressure put on our students at such an early age to begin reading words and sentences. Testing, reading levels, sight words, blah blah blah……..
How did we get here? How did it get to the point that students have to read just to test? Would you want to read a book if you knew you had to take a test on it? I wouldn’t.
With that being said, it is possible for students to enter school ready to read. Parents are their child’s first teacher and they can help prepare them for school and help them get ready to read.
We already know that reading is essential for a student to be successful in school. Important language skills begin as early as infancy. Developing early literacy skills will make it easier for a child to read once they begin school.
Children that have pre-reading skills are at an advantage. Students that enter Kindergarten with pre-reading skills can focus on learning to read. As a parent there are some effective ways to help your child develop language and literacy skills.
The best ways to help children get ready to read are:
As you spend time with your child throughout the day, it is possible to easily incorporate activities from each of these areas. The next several blog posts will be visiting each of these areas and giving suggestions and ideas that can be incorporated into your daily schedule.
I look forward to sharing ideas and activities that will make it easy for you to prepare your child to read.