As parents of young children we want to do everything we can to help them be successful. One of the most important things you can do for your
preschooler is to help him get ready for reading. There are 6 pre-reading skills that are essential in order for a child to learn to read.
6 Pre-Reading Skills Essential for Reading:
Ask your child about his day, his experiences. Let him share his stories about what happened at his friend’s house or at the park. Let them retell the story of a book you read together.
Be sure to have books around. Have a bookshelf in your child’s room filled with all different types of books that he can look at and “play” with. Lots of trips to the local library helps, too.
Tell your child the names of things; point out interesting places, name things as you see them. Ask your child the names of things.
Sound out words or ask your child about sounds. “What sound does b make? bbb-all” or ” What sound do you hear when I say the word cat?”
Point out letters to your child or use a set of magnetic letters to play with on the refrigerator or a white board. Be sure to point out the letters of his name when you see them “I see a t just like the t in your name, Tom.”
Be sure to have a lot of print material around-newspapers, magazines, books. Model reading and read with your child, show them how to hold a book, read a book, point out the print on the page as you read.