Learning To Read
You are your child's first and best teacher!
Share your enthusiasm and love of reading every day with these simple ideas:
- Start early! Babies enjoy short periods of sharing a book and love to just "play" with board books.
- Make reading time a regularly planned activity every day.
- Children learn best when they are actively involved with the book being read. Ask your child questions as you read a book. For example: "What is happening in this picture?" or "What do you think will happen next?"
- Sing to and with your child! This fun activity teaches them that words can be broken up into parts or syllables.
- Look at our list of 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten.
- Help your child notice the words that are all around us. Point out words on signs, newspapers, cereal boxes, etc.
- Come to Storytime at your local library!
Looking for resources that can help?
AR BOOK FINDER
Easily find out a book's Accelerated Reader Level or Lexile Measure.
This great site includes information about child development, literacy, nutrition, and crafts. The bookfinder can even help you find great books to read with your child.
READ WRITE THINK
This site provides educators and parents access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction and offers the very best in free materials.
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
The RIF mission is to empower children to read, learn, and grow. This site offers book lists, literacy activities, tips, and a variety of resources to make reading fun.
Teaching reading IS rocket science! This national, multimedia literacy initiative offers information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
These animated, talking picture books make reading even more fun and exciting!