Reading Strategies outlines three steps to helping your kids LOVE reading.
1. Find high-interest books
High-interest books are simply books to which kids are attracted. You may not have thought of these selections are kid charmers. Give them a try — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.
Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.
Check them out at their website here.
Here is a great article about reading, talking, and singing to babies. It covers everything from sounds to encouraging involvement. At the bottom of the article, there is a chart with early literacy development milestones that ranges from 0-24 months.
Janea from I Can Teach My Child has a fabulous post on what parents should be doing when they read to their children. You can check it out here. It ranges everything from reading the title and author, to asking questions.
Project Enlightenment (found here) has partnered with the Wake County Public School System to created a great set of activities to make reading (and writing) meaningful for preschoolers. These activities include cooking with children and letting them follow the recipe to “providing print materials such as menus, tickets, maps, and catalogues for children to use in pretend play.”
The activities can be found here.
I stumbled upon a fabulous literacy blog, while doing some research. The blog, Early Literacy Counts, can be found here and has lots of information and resources for early literacy.
One of my favorite posts has 50 simple activities to help kids with early literacy. It has everything from talking to dancing to routine to quiet time.
Take a look at the list here: http://earlyliteracycounts.blogspot.com