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3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Child’s Reading

young african american father reads to his young daughter

“YOU ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION”

Part 1 of this blog post covered two topics that relate to help early readers – Book Knowledge and “Reading the Pictures” and Vocabulary. Below are two more topics important to early reading instruction.

In this article, you’ll discover things you can help your child with to reinforce what they are learning at school.

POINTING TO WORDS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS

 Another skill children work on during early reading instruction is pointing to each word as they read. Pointing, or one-to-one correspondence, helps beginning readers make text-to-word connections. This also helps children with directionality, visual tracking, and keeping their place while reading.

Have your child point to the words as they read. If they struggle with this skill, have them slow down as they read. You can also point along and gradually let them point independently.

**Fun Tip to Encourage Reading**

Children like to use “pointers” when practicing this skill. You can buy pointers or make your own.

Here are four ideas to have fun using the pointing skill:

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Important Tips for Helping Your Child with Guided Reading

mother reading to her two daughters on the couch

KINDERGARTEN PARENTS OFTEN ASK…

“WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILD IN READING?”

First, READ, READ, READ to your kindergarten child and HAVE CONVERSATIONS with your child often!

Read everything.

Read signs as you walk or drive home. Read labels in the grocery store. Read books, even if it’s the same book over and over again. Talk about things that you read and about things you see in the world. Ask your child questions and let them ask you questions. Reading is one of the most important skills to master in early childhood education.

Throughout their year in kindergarten, children often bring home-guided reading books or leveled texts to practice at home. In this article, you’ll discover strategies how parents can work on when using early reading texts or guided reading books with their kindergarten child.

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