Every Child Ready to Read
Learning to read begins before children start school. You are your child’s first teacher, and your child probably loves doing things with you! Help your child get ready to learn and read by encouraging the following activities. Of course, you'll find plenty of books and music at the Library to add to the fun, as well as a variety of entertaining and educational children's programs!
Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
- Ask your child to tell you about things she's done or to retell stories.
- Help your child name all of the objects in his or her world.
- Talk to your child, use and explain new words.
- Be a patient listener!
Singing—which also includes rhyming—increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
- Clap the syllables of words and songs.
- Play rhyming word games.
- Say nursery rhymes together.
Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
- Read to your child everyday.
- Make book sharing a fun and special time.
- Let your child hold books and turn pages.
- Visit your library for lots of great reads, and let your child pick out books.
- Let your child see you reading!
Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
- Point out and name letters in books, on cereal boxes and on signs.
- Help your child make letters from clay or spaghetti.
- Encourage your child to draw, to write letters from the alphabet and her name.
- Encourage your child to write notes and lists.
Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. Imagination helps them think symbolically and work through real-life situations.
- Encourage your child to play pretend and make-believe.
- Encourage matching and sorting when playing with blocks and objects.
- Play with puzzles to encourage problem solving.
- Play with your child every day!.
Every Child Ready to Read® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association.