How to Build Print KnowledgeHelp your child build his understanding of books, printed letters, and words. Here are four quick things you can do:
- Have children's books and magazines easily available for your child to enjoy on her own. Set up a special place for her to enjoy looking at books independently.
- Talk about how books work.
- Point out letters and words that you run across in daily life.
- Play alphabet games.
When reading aloud, let your child open the book and turn the pages. Ask him to name objects and characters in the pictures.
Show how reading helps you get things done every day, such as cooking, shopping, and taking a bus. Read recipes and labels as you cook. Read your to-do list aloud as you write it.
Sing the alphabet song ("A, B, C, D, . . .") to help your child learn letters as you play with alphabet books, blocks, and magnetic letters.
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This activity is provided by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. Get Ready to Read!, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc, aims for all preschool children to have the skills they need to learn to read when they enter school. For more information go to Get Ready to Ready!