Helping Your Child Learn to Read - Tips for Parents
What can I do to help my child learn to read?
- Let him/her see you reading.
- Share books together
- Point out the print that is all around us. Look at street signs, supermarket labels, posters.
- Make scrapbooks from photos or old magazines.
- Cook together
Steps for Reading With Your Child
- Choose a book from the library or from your home.
- Take turns reading aloud, or tell the story by looking at the pictures.
- Talk about what's happening in the story.
- Help your child with difficult words.
- Praise your child.
Board Games and Card Games
- Board games and card games will help your child to match pictures and words. This is an important reading skill. Games make it fun.
- Board games can help your child begin to understand maps and plans.
- Games will also help with numbers.
- Play games that encourage your children to read like Monopoly & Scrabble.
What can I do to help my children learn to write?
Let your child watch you when you:
- fill in forms
- write letters
- write birthday cards
- make notes
- pay bills
- write shopping lists
What materials will I need to encourage writing at home?
- lots of paper
- pens, pencils, crayons
- scissors, glue
- old envelopes or greeting cards for kids to copy
- little blank books for children to make their own stories
- a box to keep all the material in
Make your own games!
- Make a snap or matching game by matching words and their picture.
- Use playing cards to make up number games for your children. Or play snap or war.
- Make a word game with letters and pictures. Give each player a pile of picture cards. Turn up the letter cards one by one. If you have a picture beginning with that letter, you keep the card and cover the picture with it. The winner is the first person to cover all their pictures.
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