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4 to 5 Year Olds
Help Your 4-5 Year Old Child “Get Ready to Read”
These suggestions are adapted fromA Child Becomes a Reader-Birth Through Pre-School

  • Talk with your child about letters of the alphabet.
  • Collect and read alphabet books together.
  • Point out and say the letters as they appear in books.
  • Point to signs and labels that have letters, like street signs and foods in the grocery store.
  • Make a sign with your childís name.  Point to and say the letters together.
  • Help your child hear and say the first sound in words, like “d” in dog.
  • Help your child notice when different words start with the same sound, like “cat”, “car”, “coat”.
  • Help your child hear words that rhyme, like “fish”, “dish” and “wish”.
  • Introduce new words to your child.
  • Encourage your child to find fun and joy in reading.
  • Allow your child to choose the books you read together.
  • Encourage your child to “pretend” to read parts of the book when you read together.
  • Talk to your child about the stories you read and make connections to things in her own life.
  • Ask “where”, “what”, and “how” questions to help    your child follow along as you read.
  • Help your child write his name, copy labels and write notes.
  • Make alphabet books together.
  • Make a family album together, write the names of family members.