Kids 3 to 5 years
Raising a Reader
Learning to read begins before children start school. Experts have identified activities that can help your child get ready to read. Children who start kindergarten ready to learn to read have greater success thoughout their school years. Engaging children in these simple activities every day can help them develop early literacy skills.
Kids aged 3 – 5 years old can benefit from these activities:
Talking with important people in their lives is one of the best ways for children to learn new words. As they hear spoken words, children learn what words mean, which increases their vocabulary.
Writing and reading go together. Both are ways to represent spoken words and to communicate information or tell stories. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
Whether your child is four days old or four years old, it is not too early or too late to help him or her develop important literacy and pre-reading skills. Developing early literacy skills in your 3-5 year old child will make it easier to learn to read when he or she starts school. Children who start kindergarten with good pre-reading skills have an advantage.
Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Both play and language development are natural processes and are essential in your child’s life. Through play, your child can better understand that written words stand for real objects and experiences.
5. Singing & Music
Songs are a natural way to learn about language. Singing slows down language so your child can hear different parts of words and notice how they are alike and different.
Building a Home Library
A home library for your child is important for developing lifetime readers. Here are some guides to help: