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Simple ways to build a reading foundation for your child

Label things in the home such as a a table, refrigerator, doors, etc.  Collect the labels and have your child put them back on the correct items.

While in the car, walking or riding the bus, have the child look for and read familiar signs.

Talk to children about what they like to do --- their favorite games, pastimes, and books.

Listen to your child's stories, accounts of events, and ideas.

Make plans for the day with your child. as children get older, plans can be written in a short schedule. The schedule can be used to search for familiar words and to learn new words.

Encourage your child to ask questions. Show how some questions can be answered by looking for information in books.

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Ways to help your child develop vocabulary and concepts

Talk about new words the child hears and connect them to words the child already knows.

Look for letters of the alphabet  in signs on a trip.

Play the game. I see something ... ,  where one person describes an object in view and the other(s) must guess what it is.

Help children make connections among words or concepts  such as:" winter -- cold, snow -- holidays, or dinner  -- food,  Family -- evening".

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Ways to talk with your child about books

Ask your child to predict what might happen next while reading a story. Be sure to ask your child to give reasons for the prediction.

Ask your child why a character might have taken a specific action. Again, ask for the reasons behind the answers.

Ask your child to compare a book to another familiar book. How are the characters alike or different? Do the stories take place in similar places? How are the illustrations similar or different?

Ask what part of the story the child liked best and why.

Ask whether the child liked the ending of the story and why or why not.

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 Ways to help your child connect reading and writing

Encourage your child to draw pictures about books or experiences. Drawing is a preparation for writing because it develops both the muscles needed for writing and children's ability to represent their ideas.

Show your child how to write his or her name.

Help your child to compose a note to a relative or friend. Have your child dictate as you write. read the note back to the child pointing out the words as you read them. Older children can look for familiar words in the note.

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Information in this article comes from National Education Association.  Great Public Schools for every child.  1201 16th St., NW,  Washington, D.C. 20036-3290.  www.nea.org/parents  

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