My daughter is three. As a preschooler, she loves to “read” and loves for us to read to her. She received a Leapfrog Tag system from her tio for Christmas and uses it on an almost daily basis. That is how she can “read” a book to us.
But, she can also take a regular book and either tell us the story from memory or a lot of times she’ll just make up her own story with the pictures. I’ve heard these are all good things for learning to read. So, I take it we’re on the right track.
Now, how do we take it to another level?
Well, I’m no teacher, so I don’t magically have the answer. Luckily for me, though, there are plenty of resources out there for parents like you and me to learn more about how to help our kids learn to read and develop their language skills.
5 Reading Resources for Parents
- Scholastic Parents: Books & Reading – Provides information by age bracket, a newsletter, and articles.
- PBS Parents Reading & Language – Also provides information by age, articles, and some quick tips. There’s also the PBS shop that has products for parents.
- Reading Rockets: For Families – This site has articles and information with tips on reading with your kid, as well as for recognizing when there might be issues in reading (for older kids obviously). They also have a facebook page if you want to connect with them.
- Literactive – You can get more than just information on this site. They provide activities and worksheets that you can use with your child.
- U.S. DOE Free Publications – I’ve linked to the Top 10 publications from the Department of Education with the first 4 listed being information on how parents can help their kids get ready or learn to read. They’re divided by age level.
These are great for all parents, but also good for those home-schooling parents out there. And, there’s so many more sites out there!
If you want, you can browse all the sites I’ve bookmarked on delicious and tagged with reading.
What methods have you found work for helping your child learn to read?