• Reading at home can make a HUGE difference!

    The best thing you can do to ensure that your child will grow up reading well and loving to read is to read together every day. Children learn about the value and importance of reading as they watch their family reading and writing in everyday life! Here are some tips to help make the most of your child's reading at home:

    Make reading a part of your family time! Family time is so important... why not make reading part of this valuable time with your kindergartener? Here are some tips for integrating reading into daily family activities:

    • Read bedtime stories
    • Play a board game
    • Visit your local library
    • Read a recipe and cook something yummy together
    • Create a comfy reading space in your home
    • Put your kindergartener in charge of reading the grocery list at the store (maybe include a picture next to the word)

    15-30 minutes is plenty of time for a beginning reader!

    Keep plenty of reading materials in your home: books, magazines, newspapers, and comic books. Children enjoy having a variety of reading materials!

    How to read with a beginning reader:

    1. Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each word.
    2. Read a sentence and have your child repeat it.
    3. Take turns reading a word, sentence, or a page.
    4. Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels?
    5. Read in a ailly voice!
    6. Don't be afraid to read the same book again! Repeated reading helps you build reading fluency!

    Check for understanding:

    • Start the book by making predictions. WHat do you think will happen in this story?
    • Ask questions and make comments during the reading process
    • After reading a book, have your kindergartner tell you the events from the story in the correct order
    • What was the problem in the story?
    • How did the character feel when...
    • Encourage your child to make connections. Does this story remind you of another book you read, event in your life, or movie you watched?

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