Ideas for early readers at home

  • Read daily to your child. Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems and information books.
  • Read your child's favorite over and over again. Set aside special reading time.
  • Choose stories with rhyming words, ex. Dr. Seuss books.
  • Visit the library often.
  • As you read discuss pictures and what is happening in the story.
  • Practice your child's spelling words/sight words from the classroom using different tools, such as magna-doodle or dry-erase board.
  • Let your child use paint, crayons or chalk to write letters and words.
  • Use magnetic letters on the refrigerator or  cookie sheet to build words or put in alphabetical order.
  • Play 'I Spy', have your child find small words in a book.
  • Take the time to talk to and listen to your child.  Daily conversations develop language.
  • ABC puzzles
  • Memory games.
  • Ask your child to draw a picture of a part of the story.
  • Read with emotion.  Reading with emotion draws a child into the story in a way that is much more memorable and enjoyable.
  • Act out a favorite book or story.
  • Encourage your child to imagine or share stories from pictures in magazines.
  • Teach your child rhymes, short poems or songs.
  • Practice the alphabet by pointing out letters wherever you see them and by reading alphabet books.