With everyone at home right now (social distancing is a real thing ya’ll!) now is the perfect time to help your child develop a love of reading! Check out these 9 helpful tips on reading for preschool parents!
- Read together everyday!
While this one is kind of no brainer, it still needs to be said! Make sure you and your little one are reading together everyday!
2. Give everything a name.
By giving everything a name children begin to associate letters and words with their meaning. It can be as simple as pointing out different things in your community such as a STOP sign, or labeling the items in your home.
3. Say how much you enjoy reading.
Kids love to do what they see their parents and older siblings do! So if you express how much you enjoy reading, they are more likely to enjoy it as well.
4. Read with fun in your voice.
Use silly and different voices for the characters in the book. By doing so your child’s attention will be held for a lot longer than if you just read in a monotone voice.
5. Know when to stop.
Is your child just not into the story? Don’t force them to sit and listen if they are having trouble. Take a break and try again with a different book.
6. Be interactive
Use puppets, ask questions, have your child predict what will come next. Just make sure you engage your child in the story!
7. Read it again, and again, and again….
Read the same stories again and again! Yes, your child will eventually memorize it BUT that’s a good thing! (That’s the first steps to reading!)
8. Talk about writing too!
Help your child make the connection that letters make words, and words make sentences.
9. Point print out everywhere.
Print is literally all around us! Point out different signs will out with your child and see if they can identify them.