|Getting ready to Read / Kindergarten Readiness|
with print and books:
It's important for your child to know that people read words, not pictures, and that the words she sees in print
are related to the words she speaks and hears. She also needs to know how books work — that you begin with the cover right-side up and move from front to back, one page at a time.
Sounds of speech:
By: Mrs. LeAnne
Austin (Kindergarten teacher Beresford Elementary)
“What can I do to help my child prepare for Kindergarten?” This is a question I have been asked several times throughout
my years of teaching. Below I
have included some helpful steps parents can use in order to help their
child get ready for Kindergarten.
First of all, be sure to talk with your child clearly and directly
from the time they are an infant. It
is important to take the time to listen to them and answer their questions
because this is how many children learn.
While you are riding in the car, you can play different rhyming
word games or look for various letters on the road signs and recognize
environmental print. This is one of the beginning steps of your child learning how
to read. Nursery rhymes are
also very important for children to learn.
You need to say them over and over as constant repetition is good
Reading books to your child is one of the most important steps to
making reading fun so children will want to read.
It takes only fifteen minutes a day to create a reader!
Always keep plenty of reading materials around the house and
involve your child in selecting books as much as possible. Encourage your child to participate by asking open-ended
questions that make your child think.
Be sure to also talk about the pictures throughout the story and
ask them to make predictions about what may happen in the story.
Some other helpful ways to get your child ready for Kindergarten
are to keep books where your child can easily get hold of them and have a
set time each day where you have story time.
You may be reading some of your child’s favorite stories over and
over again. Modeling and
rereading are important steps to helping your child learn how to read.
Another idea is to give your child books as presents or rewards,
which will enhance their love for reading!
Writing development is another important aspect to Kindergarten
Readiness. Provide your child
with crayons, pencils, and paper with a special space for your child to
write. Also, give them an
opportunity to write, scribble or draw whatever they would like and
demonstrate to them how to write their name.
Parents should encourage their children to read their writing to
them. Magnetic letters are
also useful tools for children to use when they are learning how to read
Children should be familiar with various number concepts
when they approach Kindergarten.
Parents should work with their child on concepts such as sorting
similar objects by color, size, and shape.
They should also be able to count to ten and recognize groups of
one, two, three, four, and five objects.
Another important idea is to know and recognize the basic shapes
such as the triangle, square, circle, and rectangle.
These ideas and concepts listed are a few things you can do to help
your child prepare for Kindergarten.
I hope that they will help your child get ready for Kindergarten
and have a successful and rewarding experience!