How to read with four to six year olds
By Amy Reiter |
Make the most out of book time with these tips on how to make reading a rich learning experience:
- Help your child identify the first letters of the words she sees. Teach her to write her name -- and to recognise the names of her family members and friends. Name recognition is a great tool for early readers.
- Add to her repertoire of sight words as you read. If a book is all about animals at the zoo, ask her to point to the word zoo on each page. Or you can pause as you read and let her fill in the missing word.
- If she's interested, help her write the letters of the alphabet - and perhaps a few useful phrases like "Happy Birthday" and "Thank you".
- As her sense of the world becomes more nuanced, she's ready to tackle books that will help her understand herself and her relationship to others. Feel free to choose books that offer a somewhat more sophisticated take on things, books that may help her cope with a variety of issues she may encounter as she ventures further into independence.
- If she asks you how to spell something, turn the question around - "How do you think it's spelled?" - before giving her the answer. She may know more than she thinks, and it's helpful for you to know what areas are stumping her. And don't feel you have to know everything. If you don't know the answer to one of her questions, enlist her help in looking it up either online or in a book. That way she'll know how to find the answers to questions - and you've given her an early understanding of research. She'll also start to grasp that education is not about what you know but rather how you learn.
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