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Teaching children to read is one activity that requires the best of efforts. Reading and writing are survival skills in our world today. As a parent, your kid must acquire literacy skills at the best daycare near you. At our preschool in t2k 6j5, we employ a variety of children-oriented learning materials to teach preschoolers reading. Let’s see what these are.

Children learn reading in preschool via interactive activities, learning games, reading activities, writing applications, and repetition/reinforcement activities. All these fall under the basic components of any preschool reading program. They include:

Foundational Literacy Skills

Before children start to learn reading actively, some activities encourage passive knowledge acquisition. An interactive storybook session falls into this category. There are several classic children’s storytelling books for this purpose. Children also need to be exposed to a variety of picture books, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction books for a broader vocabulary. Seasonal books and holiday stories also help them learn.

Game sessions help children identify the letters of the alphabet, words, sounds, and syllables. Not only that, they reinforce those already learned. This repetitive nature is essential for retention. These games include flashcards, sight word puzzles and rhymes, and many others.

Read-Aloud

Reading aloud is a method of learning that teaches children how to recognize words and letters, how to pronounce them, and how they fit into sentences. It also fosters registration and aids the easy recall of vocabulary already learned.

Repetition

It’s not unusual to see children recite stories from memory. This is because they have done repeated readings of a single story so many times that it sticks for a very long time. A storybook can be read in slightly different ways to help children understand the story. Simple questions are asked and this further cements the knowledge of the children.

Alphabet Knowledge

Children need to learn the alphabet to be able to distinguish them from one another, including the upper and lower cases. They also need to associate each alphabet with the sounds they make. In time, they will progress to learning words and recognizing the sounds attached to the words.

Print Awareness

Children must learn how to use books. They need to understand how words run from left to right and top to bottom. Tracing the words as they read them aids this.

How Can I Help My Child Read?

As parents, we play an important role in the development of our child’s communication skills. Most children spend more time at home than in school. Hence, the learning process should not end in the classroom. As a parent, what can you do?

Read With Your Child

Just like in preschool, reading to your child at home gets them familiar with sounds, words, and the language at large. It also excites their imagination and teaches them important things about the way the world works. You can always draw moral lessons from children’s stories to teach to your child. Most importantly, reading with your child is a great time to bond.

So what’s the right way to go about this? First, make the right choice of books. Children love short stories with funny characters. They also prefer books with vivid and colorful illustrations. A variety of children reading books offer these qualities so you can make your pick. Before reading starts, you may ask your child what they think the story is about, who they think is in it and what will happen to them.

When you read, do it slowly and steadily. It’s important to trace out the words with your fingers and say every word out loud for them to hear. Change your voice and expression for each character too. They always love that! In time, your child should also learn to trace the words with their fingers as they read with you. Let your child turn the pages of the book. As you read, ask questions about the story and what they think will happen next. Do not forget to explain difficult words to them in simple terms.

Always remember to point out differences between words and letters, upper and lower cases as well as punctuation marks. You can also try to play a ‘find the letter or word’ game with them.

One last tip- talk to your child’s instructor. They may have some useful information for you on how to help your child read better!

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