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Read With Your Child
Reading is engaging and fun
Finding the right book is an important first step! We suggest exposing your 3-5 year old child to books that:
Show word patterns: “Look at the cat. Look at the mouse.”
Match pictures and words. Children use the pictures to identify words they don’t recognize.
Contain a few words. Around 3-6 words per page.
Contain one sentence per page. Good books will contain a lot of sight words. Sight words are words that have no spelling pattern or a way to sound them out, they are words that have to be memorized (and, the, at, etc.).
To support your child’s reading:
Walk through the pictures first. Go through the pages talking about the pictures, and discuss what might happen next.
Point under the words. Model reading left to right across the page with your finger.
Read with expression. Make it FUN!
Point out unfamiliar words. Use picture clues to read unknown words. Match the word to the picture.
Ask questions. Does that word you read look right? Does that word sound right? Does it make sense?