Studies have shown that the single greatest predictor of a child’s academic achievement is parental involvement. In fact, every action you take sets an example for your child. That’s why it’s important to not only read aloud to your child, but to let him or her see you read on your own time. KinderCare offers a list of books you can read to your child for Fall 2012, as well as ideas for what you can do to encourage literacy skills. Here are some activities they recommend for pre-kindergarten and school-aged children:
- Invite your child to experiment with language through active play by participating in rhyming activities and dramatizing stories.
- Encourage your child to create and tell stories to help develop new and interesting vocabulary and expressive skills.
- Promote your child’s enthusiasm for reading by being aware of his attitude toward reading and encouraging him to practice pre-reading skills at his own pace when he is ready.
- Provide a wide variety of literature for your child; take a trip to your local library and invite her to select some books of interest.
- Exercise your child’s imagination and listening skills by telling him stories without books or pictures.
For School-Age Children:
- Develop your child’s alphabet awareness by inviting her to go on a “Letter Hunt.” Provide her with a newspaper, have her select an alphabet letter, and encourage her to locate that letter where it appears in print.
- Increase your child’s awareness of books and pre-writing skills by creating a blank book for him and encouraging him to draw or write in the book each day.
- Encourage your child’s love of reading by providing her with a variety of appropriate fiction and non-fiction books and magazines of interest.
- Expose your child to new vocabulary and different styles of writing by reading to your child often.
- Take exploratory walks or trips together. Talk about what you see. Ask questions. Highlight any new concepts or vocabulary.