According to research, there are six pre-reading skills that children must learn in order to learn to read.
What can I do to help:
- Talk with your child about what is going on around you. Talk about feelings - your and your child's.
- When your child talks with you, add more details to what she says.
- Speak in the language that is most comfortable for you.
- Read together every day. When you talk about the story and pictures, your child hears and learns more words.
- Reserach shows that children who have larger vocabularies are better readers. Knowing many words helps children recognise written words and inderstand what they read.
- Make book-sharing time a special time for closeness between you and your child.
- Let your child see you reading
- Visit your public library often
- Children who enjoy books will want to learn how to read.
- Tell your child stories.
- Ask your child to tell you about something that happened today.
- Read books together. Stories help children understand that things happen in order first, next, last.
- Read a book that you have read before. Switch what you do - you be the listener and let your child tell you the story.
- Being able to tell or retell a story helps children understand what they read.
- Say nursery rhymes and make up your own silly, nonsense rhymes.
- Sing songs. Songs have different notes for each syllable in a word, so children can hear the different sounds in words.
- Play word games such as " What sounds like 'ran'? or " What starts with the same soun as " ball"?
- Say rhymes and sing songs in the language that is most comfortable for you.
- Being able to hear the sounds that make up words helps children soun out words as they begin to read.
- Help your child see different shapes and the shapes of letters.
- Talk about what is the same and what is the different between two things
- Write you child's name, especially first letter.
- Make letters from clay or use magnetic letters. Point out and name letters when reading alphabet books, signs, or labels.
- Read alphabet books with clear letters and pictures
- Knowing the names and sounds of letters help children figure out how to sound out words.