Strategies for Creating Strong Readers from an Early AgeWithout a doubt, reading with children spells success for early literacy. Through reading aloud, providing print materials, and prompting positive attitudes about reading and writing, you can have a powerful impact on children's literacy and learning.
- Invite a child to read with you every day.
- When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees.
- Read a child's favorite book over and over again.
- Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you.
- Discuss new words. For example, "This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?"
- Stop and ask about pictures and what is happening in the story.
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- Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems and information books. Reading well is at the heart of all learning.