One of my greatest joys in teaching first grade was teaching children how to read. There are many things you can do to help your child become a great reader before they begin a formal reading program.
- Tell your child they are a “reader”, even if they aren’t able to read words yet. Seeing themselves as a “reader” will help them have confidence and patience as they are on their journey to becoming an independent reader.
- They are a “reader” because they can “read” the pictures to tell the story. Reading the pictures is an early reading skill. It will help your child notice details on the page, and strengthen vocabulary and comprehension skills . So look for books with great pictures that tell the story!
- As you read a story, have your child predict what will happen next. This is an important skill in developing good comprehension. They are using prior knowledge and critical thinking skills as they predict.
- Help your child to make connections between what they are reading and their own world. This skill also strengthens comprehension and makes reading personal and relevant.
As always, have fun when reading with your child.
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