Mrs. Serra’s Tips:
Activities For Parents of Preschoolers That Will Build A Love of Reading
• Read together every day. Read to your child every single day. Make this a warm and loving routine time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
• Give everything a name. You can build comprehension skills early, even with the youngest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Ask questions like, “Where’s your nose?” and then, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?”
• Say how much you enjoy reading together. Tell your child how much you love reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about “story time” as being your favorite part of the day.
• Read with fun in your voice. Read to your child with humor and add expression. Use different voices for different characters in the stories you read.
• Know when to stop. If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, just put the book away for a little while. Only continue reading if your child is enjoying it.
• Be interactive. Engage your child so that he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child’s questions. Asking questions of your own and listen to your child’s answers.
• Read it again and again and again. Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills because they begin to anticipate the language in the story.
• Talk about writing, too. Draw your child’s attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces. These will help them to understand the conventions of print.
• Point out print everywhere. Talk about the written words you see in the world around you and respond with interest to your child’s questions about the print you see. Ask him or her to find a new word every time you go on an outing. It is especially fun to look for signs when driving in a car.