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Kate’s Corner: How Listening and Talking Lead to Reading and Writing

Posted on: August 19, 2009

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Exposing your child to language and images, early and often, is one of the easiest ways to set him on the road to reading success. By reading to him, keeping books, magazines, and even newspapers accessible to him, you will see him build the skills he’ll need when he begins to learn how to read.

Four Key Steps:
1. Encourage
2. Show
3. Play
4. Use

Encourage your children.
• Look at books on their own
• Talk about stories they know
• Answer easy questions
• Retell familiar stories
• Talk about pictures

Show them that what they say about stories and pictures can be written and read.

Play with language.
• Give them easy riddles
• Figure out familiar sequences
• Ask what comes next
• Help tell a story
• Make up a silly story
• Make up a silly song
• Listen to and enjoy rhymes
• Make up silly rhymes

Use what they know already.
• Share the sequence of their day
• Talk about things they know
• Talk about self and others in photos
• Tell about things that they have to do
• Begin to plan
• Talk about things they remember
• Sort familiar things by category

Great Signs of Progress:
• Recognize their name in print
• Recognize other familiar, meaningful words in print
• Begin to recognize single symbols and letters
• Show interest in many print materials
• Pretend to write
• Write
• Learn about sending mail
• Match pictures with words
• Show interest in letters and print
• Print name and a few letters but not always perfectly
• Label objects
• Draw a picture for a word
• Recognize personal information
• Associate sounds with letters

Make Literacy Fun!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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