Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ready, set, read.....

   Teaching a child to read can be easier if every day habits are instilled in the process.

   When my oldest daughter was two years old her favourite book was a huge encyclopedia of animals. It was definitely an adult book. It was way too heavy for her to carry any distance but she carried it proudly around like her  own personal briefcase.  She would always have her nose in that book pouring over the pictures and making up stories to go along with them.  For a while she would not look at any other book.   She read it to her siblings and her stuffed animals.  She loved that book ! She  "read"her book from cover-to-cover many times over.

  Guessing is an important part of reading (especially using those picture clues) but eventually kids have to make sense out of those "squiggles" to actually be reading.  Kids should be able to identify many of the alphabet letters and some sight words before entering into kindergarten.  (Children who can read whole words are way ahead of the game.)

  So what does a parent need to do to build reading success into their child?

  You can relax because it doesn't necessarily involve the purchase and exposure to a hefty animal encyclopedia.  And you know what?  You've already been teaching your child to read on a daily basis without even knowing it.

  The next few days I will share with you how you can take those first steps to help your child ease into the reading process.  It will be an informative and fun journey for both you and your child.  (and for me too)

Quote worth repeating: 

                     " To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."

                                     - Victor Hugo

Read on and read always.  Please join me as we plunge into the wonderful world of:  Ready, Set,
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