Ready Set Go to Kindergarten

10 Back to School Reading Tips

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

School starts in Elyria tomorrow!!   No matter if your little one is entering preschool, kindergarten, or beyond the start of school is an exciting time of year.  How can you prepare your children for reading success?  Here are 10 tips:

  1.  Set a routine – Having a morning and evening routine helps ease the transition from summer to school.  Include nutritious foods and an early bedtime.  Kids who are tired or eating lots of fatty or sugary food may have a harder time concentrating and be more prone to behavioral problems. 
  2. Read with your child every day – Set aside family reading time and read aloud to your child.  Ask your child questions about what was read.  Once they can read independently they can read aloud to you, to their sibling, to a pet, or even to a stuffed animal!  Make reading an enjoyable part of each day.
  3. Surround your child with books, at home and when you travel.  Research shows that the number of books in the home can predict reading success.  So give books as presents, visit the library, and if your child is under 5 years old, sign them up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!  
  4. Be your child’s reading role model! – Many busy parents say they don’t have time to read.  But make this a priority!  Reading your favorite book or magazine is not only a way to relax, it’s an important way to show your child that reading is fun.  Reading has to be cool if their favorite person in the world is doing it, right?
  5. Talk to your child often, and encourage them to talk.  Talk about what you are doing all through the day.  Children learn about language by listening and joining in the conversation.
  6. Sing to your child – Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.
  7. Reading – Kids who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves.  Reading exposes them to a larger variety of words, and helps them learn that stories have a beginning, middle and end. 
  8. Writing – Scribbling is good!  Make sure your child has pencils and crayons to play with.   Encourage your child to scribble and draw – it is the first step to writing.
  9. Playing – Playing is the work of children.  Play is one of the very best ways to learn language and literacy skills.  Play with your child!
  10. Not sure what books to read with your child?  Visit the Elyria Public Libraries to check out new material and participate in storytime.  You can even check out the exciting new Little Explorers STEM program at the West River branch. 
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