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

About ajamison

Andrea Jamison is a self-published author, educator, and professional librarian with over 15 years of experience working in schools and libraries. She has experience working with students at the elementary, high school, and college level. This unique combination of experience gives her the foresight needed to help plan and implement innovative library services that are designed to help students throughout their academic pursuits.