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Children who listen to good picture books can increase their vocabulary to 4,000-12,000 words per year.
Helping your young child get ready to read with early learning literacy skills. These skills serve as a foundation for learning to read and write.
Narrative Skills - tell stories together, encourage your child to be a storyteller. Being able to tell or retell a story helps children understand what they read.
Vocabulary - Teach your child specific names of things, like Fruits & vegetables at the grocery store. The more words children hear and understand, the more ready they will be to read on their own.
Phonological Awareness - Share rhymes, sing songs, play games. Researchers believe children who know at least six rhymes by the time they are six are more likely to become better readers.
Print Motivation - Print motivation is a child's interest & enjoyment of books. Children who enjoy books will want to learn how to read.
Letter Knowledge - help you child identify the first letter in their name and find it in books, street signs, and labels.
Print Awareness - helping a child discover how to hold a book and turn the pages.
How we read to a child makes a difference. To get children involved researchers have deveolped a method called Dialogic reading or shared reading. This method involves the children & adults having a conversation about a book.