Without doubt, reading with children spells success for early literacy.
Putting a few simple strategies into action will make a significant difference
in helping children develop into good readers and writers.
Through reading aloud, providing print materials, and promoting positive
attitudes about reading and writing, you can have a powerful impact on
children's literacy and learning.
1. Invite a child to read with you every day.
2. When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word
as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left
to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he
or she sees.
3. Read a child's favorite book over and over again.
4. Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite
the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she
reads along with you.
5. Discuss new words. For example, "This big house is called a
palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?"
6. Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the
7. Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song
books, poems, and information books.
Reading well is at the heart of all learning. Children who can't read
well, can't learn. Help make a difference for a child.