Read Every Day
Why is it important that you read with your child? Educational research continues to demonstrate how reading aloud to children is the most important activity for building the skills and knowledge needed for future reading success. Reading aloud helps children view reading as a pleasurable, worthwhile way to spend time while it builds background knowledge, familiarizes children with story structure, broadens vocabulary and fosters imagination.
TIP: Read It Again!
Toddlers love to hear the same story over and over again, and they learn from repetition. Hearing stories repeatedly builds a toddler's confidence and memory skills.
ACTIVITY TIME: Who Said That?
Use different voices while you read aloud to your child. This emphasizes that stories have different characters and helps your child engage with the story. Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: The Road to Reading
Think kids learn to read in kindergarten? Think again. Reading skills begin the moment you start talking to your baby, and continue for life. Read more >
TIP: Read the Pictures
Ask your child to "read" a book to you based on the pictures. This practice helps your child understand that pictures provide clues to reading. Later, when your child learns to read, using the pictures will help him figure out new words and aid in story comprehension.
QUICK PRINTABLES: The Letter Factory Coloring Book
These coloring pages featuring the popular Letter Factory characters will help your child learn and remember the letter sounds. Print >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: What Happens Next? Raise a Reader with Predictable Books
Predictable books have repeated phrases, questions or rhymes, and give young children a wonderful opportunity to participate in the reading process. Read more >
TIP: Read Chapter Books
While picture books are wonderful, chapter books require children to make pictures in their heads. They have to work harder to comprehend the story without the aid of pictures. This hard work helps them develop strong reading comprehension skills.
QUICK PRINTABLE: Rhyming Rock
This printable asks children to think of words in a word family. Children who understand word families have an easier time learning to spell and sound out words. Print >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Create a Reading-Friendly Home
Learning to read is one of the most important skills your child needs for school and life success. Read more >
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