Whether you are a parent that is introducing reading to your child at home or participating in distance learning, it is important to remember that developing reading skills is crucial in early literacy. Reading at home is the first experience and memories your child will have with books, so you can use this time to create healthy reading habits and get your child ready for kindergarten.
When children are first developing their language skills, the best thing families can do is read together and talk about the book as you are reading.
- Read alouds model great reading and begin to foster a love of reading
- Talk and make connections with the story
- Have conversations together at the dinner table or as you’re shopping at the grocery store
During these moments spent reading and having conversations, you are modeling proper sentence structure, voice articulation, and sharing your thoughts, all skills that will help with future development.
Linking Sounds and Letters
The next stop in developing reading skills is to link letters to their appropriate sounds. The Super Sounds library on Footsteps2Brilliance is the perfect opportunity to read together and begin recognizing letter sounds.
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Blending and Recognizing
The first words that children are able to read independently are CVC (consonant – vowel – consonant) words such as CAT, DOG, and PAN.
- Write CVC words on a board or make with magnetic letters, then let them sound them out
- Start practicing beginning sight words with your child
By learning to sound out words in context and quickly identify sight words, your child will gain lifelong skills that they will continue to grow and use.
Read for Understanding
Once children are able to identify letters, link sounds to those letters, and begin blending sounds together to make words, they are ready to read for understanding.
- Find beginning books that your child can read independently
- Let your child read these beginning books to you and talk about what was read
- Teach your child to use the illustrations to further their understanding of events
Beginning books usually will not have a deep meaning or lesson, but will allow children to practice their reading skills and gain the confidence to read more mature books further down the road.
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