Reading with your children has multiple benefits from improving intelligence to bonding. Here are some tips to enjoying the experience with your kindergartener…
1.Make It Fun
Play with letters, words, and sounds! Having fun with language helps your child learn to crack the code of reading. ~ReadingRockets
Say silly tongue twisters. Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.
Play sound games. Practice blending sounds into words. Ask “Can you guess what this word is? m – o – p.” Hold each sound longer than normal.
2.Visit The Library
Public libraries today are worlds to explore so try to go regularly. Your library has great resources – books, computer games, DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers and Internet access. There are also terrific in-house programs such as reading circles for little ones and homework clubs for older children. If you have access to a public library, talk to the librarian about what is available. ~ABC123
Your child will soon develop a love for particular authors and illustrators. Nurture her fan-ship by helping her write a letter to her favorite author. Many authors have their own websites with contact information, but here’s a great place to start your search (http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/authors/all.htm). You can also contact the book’s publisher, the mailing address for which can often be found on the back of the title page or on the publisher’s Web site. ~Scholastic
4.Read It Again And Again
Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills. ~GetReadyToRead
5. READ to Your Child for at Least 20 Minutes Daily- and TALK About What You’ve Read!
Research shows that children that are read to daily have larger vocabularies and develop better listening comprehension skills. In fact, there is a wealth of research that supports the fact that parents are children’s first and most important teachers! When children understand what their parents are reading aloud, this leads to them eventually understanding better what they are going to read to themselves. They also start to learn what the letters of the alphabet look like, and often pick up skills such as rhyme and beginning sounds, etc., which are incredibly important to beginning readers! ~HeidiSongs
6. Write It Out
Have paper and pencils available for your child to use for writing. Working together, write a sentence or two about something special. Encourage her to use the letters and sounds she’s learning about in school. ~ReadingRockets
Asking questions while reading to your child is not only great for encouraging your child to interact with the book, but it is also extremely effective in developing his ability to comprehend what he is reading. You see, if our main objective in “reading” is getting our child to “sound out” words, we have missed the boat entirely. Even children who can decode words and “read” with great fluency still might not be able to comprehend what they are reading. If a child can’t comprehend what he is reading, there really is no point to reading at all! ~ICanTeachMyChild
Most importantly…enjoy the time together!