Month: November 2014

Become a Super Reader!

According to

the US Department of Education, implementing a few quick reading activities can help children become better readers. Below are some suggestions for families to encourage reading at home.

For Babies (6 weeks to 1 year)

• Provide a comfortable place for story time
• Show your child the pictures in the books or story
• Change the tone of your voice as you read to show emotion and excitement
• Read to and/or with your child daily

For Toddlers (1 to 3 years)

All of the questions above, plus:
• Encourage your child to “pretend read,” joining in where he/she has memorized a word or phrase
• Ask questions and give your child enough time to think and answer
• Connect ideas in the book to things that are familiar to your child
• Let your child know how much you like his/her ideas and encourage him/her to tell me more
• Point out specific letters in the story, such as the first letter of your child’s name
For Preschoolers (3 and 4 years)
All of the questions above, plus:
• Help your child begin to identify sounds and letters in order to make letter-sound matches

For Kindergartners (5 years and older):

All of the questions above, plus:
• Let your child retell favorite stories to show that he/she knows how the story develops and what’s in it
• Make books and stories apart of your family discussions

Online Reading Resources for Kids:

Library of Congress “Kids Read
Storybook Online
Starfall Reading