• giraffe reading Tips for Reading Success

    • Talk to your child! Ask your child about their day. What did you do in school today? What book did the teacher read to you? What was your favorite part? What did you do at recess today? Did you meet any new friends today?
    • Connect the stories you read to real life! If you are reading a book about a character that is learning how to ride his bike without training wheels connect to the time your child learned how to do this for the first time. 
    • Sing songs and teach your child nursery rhymes! Nursery rhymes seem to have lost their luster over the years. Don't underestimate their value, they are important to a child's development. “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.” [Fox, M. (2001). Reading Magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.]
    • Read to your child and have your child read to you! Read every night if you can. Reading the same book over and over again is good for your child (even if you think, "Oh no, not again!"). 
    • Read more than just books! We are reading all the time! Children are reading even before they realize they are doing it. Read road signs, restaurant names, cereal boxes, etc. 
    • Talk about letters and sounds! You can turn this into a fun game while in the car, waiting in the doctor's office, or sitting by the pool. You can say, "I am thinking of a letter that starts with /sss/." You can play I Spy: "I Spy with my little eye something that starts with the letter Rr."