Ask children open-ended questions that cannot be answered with yes or no. Give children time to process and to give a response. Use abstract language to not only talk about the here and now but the future, past and their imagination. This helps children develop and be ready to read.
Notes from Story Time Category: Talking
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.
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.
Fables and other traditional stories are great to read with your child, and you can tell them in different ways. As you read the wordless picture book The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, you might want to use the text of the story from the Library of Congress’ free database at www.read.gov/aesop/007. This shows that words of one version of the story work with the illustrations from another version and that words and pictures have meaning.
Just remember, getting your child ready to read is as simple as “talk, sing, read, write, and play.” Have fun by singing a jump rope rhyme! You don’t need a rope; you can just have fun jumping!
Ice cream soda,
What kind of food
Will I have for lunch?
A, B, C, D, E…
The letter you stop jumping on is the first letter of your lunch food! Talk about what kinds of food start with that letter, and what food your child likes.