This quote is all parents really need to know to encourage
their young children to become readers. Parenting is a hands-on endeavor so involve
them in the learning-to-read-process, by engaging with them, verbally and
When you engage verbally, in other words by talking with your child, you’re developing
their language skills, which is vital preparation for future reading skills.
Play gives context and meaning to new vocabulary words plus provides an
acceptable environment to be silly—to create new sounds, new words…to have FUN!
When you’ve insured your child reads, you’ve open a world of possibilities to
Below are some tips parents can use to help their children become readers!
TALK to Your Baby:
Describe what your baby is doing; the sights and sounds around baby
Encourage and participate in baby’s cooing and babbling—this is their
pre-language way of communicating!
TALK to Your Toddler & Beyond:
Foster communication by giving your undivided attention
Understand that the reason behind “WHY?” or “HOW?” is a genuine attempt to gain
Promote dialogue by listening to your child’s thoughts and giving them permission
to share their feelings—negative feelings as well as positive!
Finger plays contribute to language development of course, but also have cross-midline
movement that help develop eye muscles for tracking; an ability needed for
SING to and with Your Child:
can be likened to song, with a beat and rhythms –sing whenever possible and
sing a variety of songs and chants! Include rhythm instruments to highlight the
beat, rhythms—even tone of songs
Singing is a natural way to expand your child’s vocabulary
Singing songs helps children understand unfamiliar, new words. The meaning of
any new words can be gleaned from the context of the song
READ BOOKS to Your Child:
THIS is the most important thing a parent can do to help their child learn to
Reading aloud to your child:
Develops letter and sound recognition
Creates larger vocabularies
Introduces the concepts of print—for example:
a front and back to a book
— –°The name of a book is the title
—– °Books can be fiction or non-fiction
—– °Books have authors
PRETEND PLAY for Your Child:
Label common items to cultivate ‘sight word’ reading
Provide play props that foster print awareness
Provide play accessories (and friends!) to
°Spark children’s imaginations
encouraging social skills and language development
°Recreating common home
themes/scenarios and/or stories
PUZZLE PLAY for Your Child:
Puzzles can be used as a tool for language development!
Have your child describe each puzzle piece and where they think it may go in
Use simple knob puzzles with the item’s name printed on the puzzle to encourage
‘sight word’ reading
Use 2-piece jigsaw pieces that pair item to word again for ‘sight word’ reading
Use these tips, turn your children into readers and they’ll
have the opportunity to fulfill the following quote!