Most parents enjoy snuggling up with their little ones and reading them a book. It’s a great bonding opportunity, and while we are doing this there are some things we can encourage them to embrace that will help them on their own reading and language journey.
When we read, one of the skills we develop and use involves matching. As babies and children grow they learn to match shapes, patterns and eventually words. Some of the important language and reading things to focus on for pre-readers and early readers include:
- Rhyming – Children who understand about rhyming words have a head start in learning to read and eventually spell.
- Context – Encourage children to look for clues as to what the story you are reading might be about. Can they relate the story back to their own experiences?
- Concepts of print – This is all about knowing how to handle books, eg holding them the right way up, turning the pages in sequence, exploring the pictures, knowing that the words can be read to tell a story. Eventually,