Reading Tips for Pre-K by i8mm92



Reading Tips for Pre-K

Children hear and use the sounds of language before they even notice the printed
words on a page. Reading books out loud to your child stimulates his imagination and
expands his understanding of the world. It helps him develop the language and
listening skills he will need to succeed once he enters Kindergarten. When regular
reading becomes a part of your child’s life, learning to read when he enters
kindergarten will feel natural and easy to him. Here are a few tips to prepare your child
for the coming school years.

Tips for picking books:
    Let your child choose the books to read. This will encourage your child to take an
         active part in the reading process and will make certain the subject matter and
         stories will always be of interest to your child. Any reading is good reading --
         age-appropriate comic books included!
    Choose books with a more complex storyline, but also continue to read books that
         your child enjoys and is familiar with.

Tips for reading to your preschooler:
    Indulge your child and read the same book multiple times. Hearing a book repeated
         helps your child become more familiar with the language and the story. This
         encourages long-term memory vocabulary retention and will make your child an
         expert on the topic!
    As you read, pause in places to allow your child to complete a rhyme or repeat a
         phrase or sentence.
    Point to words as you read them and encourage your child to repeat them after you.
    Ask simple questions about the story, giving your child time to answer, “Where are
         they going?” and “How do you think she feels?”
    Talk about the book and provide context and background knowledge.
    As your child begins to recognize some of the letters, challenge him to find a
         particular letter on a page.
    Encourage your child to “read” with you from memory. This helps her model reading
    Amp up your vocabulary. At this stage children love to mimic what they hear around
         them, this includes more advanced vocabulary. “That is magnificent!”.

Tips for reading time:
    Set aside ‘special time’ for reading with your child: This will encourage your child to
         develop a reading routine that will make reading part of his/her daily life. Read
         to your child everyday, if you can!
  Make books a part of your daily routine. Your child will come to expect and look
       forward to this time. Start with a book or two at bedtime and add books as your
       child’s attention span increases.
Create a ‘Reading Space’ in your home. A comfortable chair, a library of fun and interesting books, a
fuzzy rug, anything that makes your child feel comfortable and ready to learn. Your child will know that
entering this ‘Reading Space’ signals a learning mind set.

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