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Literacy-Rich Environments:

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.

    Reading and Writing at Home