Pre-Emergent Readers

  • Snuggle when sharing a book creating positive memories for you and your child.

  • Point to the pictures and ask your child questions “Can you find the frog on this page?”

  • Point out letters in books or other print, and ask…What letter is this?  Whose name begins with this letter?

  • Repeat the phrases your child uses back to them and use them in a sentence.  This is modeling language structure.

  • Make letters from clay/play dough or play with magnetic letters.

  • Read together often for short periods of time. (2-3 minutes)

  • Use books as a reward.

  • Have your child look at books in the car, bus, waiting for an appointment, while potty training.

  • Be prepared to read a book briefly and not always finish the story

  • Let your child see you reading. (Books, newspapers, mail, directions, recipes, e-mail…)

  • Introduce your child to crayons and paper.

  • Repeat the phrases your child uses back to them and use them in a sentence.

  • Have books available to you child throughout the house. (baskets work great for this)

  • Visit the library regularly