U. S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige Offers Tips for Parents
Reading is the key to learning. Research shows it. Reading with your children is the most important thing you can do to ensure that they are ready to learn when they enter school, and ready to excel while they are there. Here are a few age-specific suggestions:
Birth to Age 4
• Surround your child with books, writing materials, alphabet blocks, magnetic letters and the like and talk with your child every chance you get.
• Point out and read words in everyday surroundings – words on a restaurant menu, labels on food containers, posters on a bus, signs on the street.
• Create “signs” and labels for your child’s things. For example: Johnny’s Room, Julia’s Books, Billy’s Toy Box.
• Read with your child. Choose books that have fun with language using nursery rhymes, rhyming words and stories that encourage your child’s participation.
Ages 4 to 5
• Play a variety of games and sing songs with your child using word sounds and rhymes.
• Make time each day to talk with and listen to your child. Encourage your child to tell you a story and make sure to introduce new words on a regular basis.
• Make sure your child has high-quality books that expose him or her to new vocabulary and interesting stories that lead to discussion.
• Give your child opportunities to draw pictures, practice writing, and understand the difference between the two.
Off to school? Go to What to Look for in Your Child’s Reading Classroom
RESOURCE: For more information, visit No Child Left Behind.