Coloring is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination needed for reading and writing. Talk to your child about their drawing and label some of the items in the picture. Point out the words to your child. This shows that printed letters stand for spoken words.
Notes from Story Time
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How to Dress a Dragon will engage your child with the character’s antics. As you read, talk about the order of the story. This will help your child understand that stories have a beginning, middle, and an end. This skill will assist your child later when he/she is learning to read.
Playing is an important way for your baby to learn. The most important ingredient in play is you. Your baby loves your attention, and playing is how he/she bonds with you. Books with flaps (such as Snowflake Baby) are a good way to combine playing and reading. It makes the book into a game, and children love it!
Even before children can write themselves, learning about the written word helps them see that they are many ways to communicate information. Supertruck by Stephen Savage does not have a lot of text on each page. However, the text is displayed in neat block lettering, which is great for children learning letters. Having children trace the words with their finger will help them understand the shapes that form letters and words.
Talking is one practice that will help children when learning to read, and you can do it anytime! When you’re on a walk, look around and have children describe what they see. When playing with your children, ask them questions about what they are doing. At bedtime have them remember and tell you about their day. By encouraging them to tell you what they experience, you are helping them get ready for reading.