When I was in graduate school I participated in an early literacy study as part of my assistantship. We taught literacy skills to ‘at-risk’ preschoolers. I found the experience to be extremely rewarding and I learned so much about the importance of reading with your children. I wanted to share some of the tools we used when working with the children. I also started doing some of these things with Izzy. Even though she can’t say much yet, I believe in the importance of reading at a young age.
Ask Questions – It’s never too early to start asking your children questions while reading. Even if your baby can’t respond, give them a few seconds to process what you said. Here are some examples of questions you can ask:
- What do you think happens next?
- What was your favorite part of the story?
- Who was the main character?
- How do you think this character feels?
Take Your Time – Point out things you see on each page and reflect on the statements in the book. Even after the book is over talk about it. What did you like or dislike? Did you learn anything from the book? Reading is a great way to start conversations with your children.
Remember Details – Before you read ask your child where the title is on the front of the book. You may have to point it out at first but eventually they will point to it themselves. Also show them how you read from left to right. Point to each word as you read it so they understand words have different sounds. Once your child has some letter recognition ask them to find all the letter “Ds” or “Cs” on the page you are reading. They will have fun going on a letter hunt.
Book Essentials – Talk to your children about the jobs of an author and illustrator. Ask them “What does the author do?” and teach them that the author writes the words while the illustrator draws the pictures. You can also ask them to point to the words on the page and point to the pictures.
What reading tips would you add to this list?
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