Read to me!

The 6 skills kids need to learn to read.

Even before your child can read for himself, you can give him an ear for language, a thirst for learning and a love of books. Researchers now know that a child’s early experiences with books greatly influence his ability to learn to read. Entering kindergarten with these early literacy skills increases a child’s chances for academic success.

Reading aloud opens the door for readers

Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child provides a foundation for reading and helps your child build the skills and concepts he needs before he can learn to read. Here are six skills children need to learn to read: 

  1. Print Motivation: An interest in books and reading.
  2. Narrative Skills: The ability to describe things and events and tell stories.
  3. Letter Awareness: The understanding that letters are different from each other, and the eventual recognition of their names and sounds.
  4. Book and Print Awareness: The consciousness of letters and words on a page, and knowing how to handle a book.
  5. Vocabulary: The ability to understand and use the correct names for things.
  6. Phonological Awareness: The ability to identify the smaller sounds in words.