Is your child starting preschool or Kindergarten this year? If so, your child is on an exciting path filled with learning and growing. They will learn important skills that will serve as a foundation for their educational career. One of these skills has to do with reading. Your preschooler will receive instruction on the basics of reading, including how to recognize the individual letters, as well as the sounds they make. Since this is such an important skill, it’s necessary that you do everything in your power to help your child develop these emerging reading skills. One of the best ways to do that is to read to your preschooler.
Why is Reading Aloud Important?
Imagine being four or five years old and an adult handing you a book with the simple instructions, “Read this.” If you had never seen a book up close, you would have no clue what to do! Reading is hard enough for a child to learn, but add an unfamiliarity with books to that, and it’s downright impossible. By reading aloud to your child, you’re teaching them more than you’d think. You’re modeling reading behaviors like fluency, inflection, and even turning the page! All of this helps make it easier for your preschooler to make the transition from listener to a reader.
Make Reading a Priority
Now that you know the importance of reading to your preschooler, I’m sure you’re ready to get started. Simply make reading a priority in your house. Create a cozy corner somewhere in your home where you and your preschooler sit down to read books. Then, no matter how busy you are, find time every day to read a few books. You can even read books on sharing or being honest to help your preschooler learn some important lessons on the character! The more you make reading a priority in your house, the more comfortable your child will feel holding a book at school.
Have Some Fun
Don’t forget to make reading fun! Some kids dread the very act of reading, but that might be because they never got to experience how fun reading can be. Let your child experience the joy of reading by acting out favorite books and stories. If your preschooler is already a techie, try using that to your advantage. Let your child read interactive books online whenever possible. By making reading enjoyable, you’re teaching your preschooler to love books.
Reading to your child is important at any age, but this is especially true when your child is in preschool. Your preschooler is embarking on the start of their educational journey. Will you make reading a priority for this journey?