By Louise Baigelman
Use these strategies to help make reading familiar and fun for your preschooler. These tips can also help kids with learning and attention issues start to work on foundational skills needed to become good readers.
1. Read stories to your child.
Read together every day. Make this a special one-on-one time that your child can look forward to. Curl up together in a cozy chair or designate a comfy reading nook in your house. During story time, give your undivided attention to your child and to the story you’re reading together. This helps create positive associations with reading that can last a lifetime.
2. Talk about your love of reading.
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him. Let him know that story time is your favorite part of the day, and explain why you like it so much. Share your favorite childhood books and talk about what they meant for you. You may even want to tell your child a little about what you’re reading nowadays and highlight how much you value reading. That will help him understand that reading is not just something you do with kids.
5. Let your child “pretend read.”
If he wants to pick up a book and imitate the act of reading, that’s great! Even if he’s not able to decode the words on the page, it’s valuable for him to be exposed early to the physical tasks of reading. You can also encourage your child to point to the pictures in a book and make up his own story. Try letting him “read” a book to his stuffed animals, and don’t criticize or correct his version.
8. Be interactive.
Discuss what’s happening in the book with your child as you read. Point out things on the page—how the pictures illustrate the story, what the characters’ expressions suggest. Ask questions about what’s happening and what it means. Take your child’s responses seriously and talk to him about them.
9. Read it again and again.
When your child asks, go ahead and read his favorite book for the 100th time! Even though re-reading can feel tedious to you, there’s a real value in it for him. Re-reading lets your child become the expert on his favorite story. Push him to deepen his understanding of the characters by asking him questions about their motivations and about what he thinks happens to them after the story ends.
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