Reading and Writing at Home
Which will your child learn first: to read or to write? Most children develop these skills at the same time. The following are some things you can do to help your children become readers and writers:
Read aloud every day.
- Set aside a regular time for reading that your children can count on.
- Find other times to read; for example, when you're waiting at the doctor's office.
- Read aloud the items you use in daily life: food labels, directions for baking a cake, and birthday cards.
- Listen to your child pretend to read a book from memory.
Have plenty of children's books around your home.
- Keep books where children can reach them.
- Go to the library regularly.
- Look for secondhand books at yard sales and thrift shops.
- Encourage family and friends to give books as gifts.
Stock up on writing and drawing supplies.
- Store things to write on: paper, pads, and a chalkboard.
- Store things to write with: crayons, markers, pencils, and chalk.
- Store supplies for making books: cardboard, a stapler, a hole punch, and laces.
- Save items to cut and paste: junk mail, catalogs, coupons, and old magazines.
- Keep magnet letters on the refrigerator.
- Store alphabet stamps and a stamp pad.
Let your children see you read and write.
- Read aloud a favorite poem.
- Read the caption under an interesting photograph in a newspaper or magazine.
- Read aloud the words on food packages, menus, signs, and billboards.
- Write important dates on the calendar.
- Ask your child to help you make up a shopping list or write a letter.
Source: Reading Is Fundamental.