Top 10 Pre-Reading
Today's Snack: Alpha-Bits are fun to eat and good for you,
and if your child is old enough, it's fun to form words with the letters . . .
then eat your words!
Here are 10 excellent suggestions
for ways that parents and caregivers can prepare young children for the most
important task of childhood - learning to read. These are from rthe Learning
First Alliance, www.learningfirst.org:
at the beginning. Setting the foundation for reading success is necessary before your
child begins first grade, and will be crucial to academic achievement in a
variety of subjects. Research shows that reading to children as early as
infancy can give them a strong base for language concepts and cognitive skills
related to print. Introduce your children to colorful story and picture books
to foster a love of reading. Establish a routine; reading stories at bedtime is
a cozy way to promote literacy. Make it interactive. Have children help turn
pages and encourage them to discuss the story's plot and characters.
your neighborhood library together. Take your children to the local library and introduce them
to the wide selection of books, newspapers, magazines, and story telling
programs that they have to offer. Also, don't forget that your library's
computer provides the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the
Internet. Go online with them and show them how to do research for school
projects and papers.
at your child's school. Studies show that parent involvement is correlated with
reading achievement. Given adequate training, parents can help in the classroom
by volunteering to serve as tutors in the school. Support the school's literacy
efforts and advocate for effective instructional materials and modern
technology, including computers and access to the Internet, so that all
children have excellent learning opportunities. Work through a parent
organization, like the PTA, to develop and build strong relationships between
parents and educators. Discuss ways that reading performance can be reinforced
in the home.
Writing gives children opportunities to use their reading competence. Support
your children's creative and expository writing efforts and encourage them to
keep a journal or diary so they can practice at home.
your children in after-school, child care, or summer programs that cultivate
and reinforce reading skills. If your school doesn't offer these types of programs, urge
the school's administrators and the school board to provide them.
a "study buddy." You can help your child organize information, look for key
ideas in books, and practice reading out loud. Point out everyday tasks like
interpreting instructions, recipes, and road signs, that require solid reading
skills. Be sure to have plenty of interesting reading materials at home such as
books, magazines, and newspapers to encourage your child to read more
frequently. Practice makes perfect.
for help. If
your child is having difficulty with reading, speak with your child's educator
about having the problem addressed.
Advocate at the local, state, and national levels for school reform efforts,
like class size, teacher training, and parent involvement, which are proven to
make a difference in early reading performance and other subjects.
the day off right. Make sure your kids are well rested, organized, and have a nutritious
breakfast every day so that they arrive at school ready to learn.
Giving children experience with rhyming is an effective way to build phonemic
awareness and requires children to focus on the sounds inside words.