Learning to read is not just about working and learning, learning to read is also about having fun!
There are 6 early literacy skills that will help your child learn to read, including:
- Print Awareness
- Print Motivation
- Letter Knowledge
- Phonological Awareness
- Narrative Skills
Print motivation is your child’s interest in and enjoyment of books. Children who enjoy books and reading will want to learn to read themselves and will likely read more.
This is the easiest skill to work on – just make reading time fun! Anytime you have fun reading with your baby, toddler, or preschooler, you are reinforcing positive feelings about reading and developing print motivation.
- Read often and keep the experience positive.
- Let your child see you enjoying a book.
- Never force your child to read.
- Come and enjoy a fun story time at the library, such as Saturday Tales!
- Read in small chunks if your child can’t sit still for a whole book.
- Read to your child while he or she is playing – you may think they’re not listening, but they probably are.
Check out this list of suggested books for developing print motivation skills.