Ready to Read

It’s never too early to help children develop language and other early literacy skills.  Children can develop these skills beginning at birth.
Building early literacy skills is fun, easy, and interactive.  At this point, you don't need to teach your young children how to read or drill them with flashcards.  To encourage pre-reading skills, simply fill your home with words (both printed and spoken), use music and songs, and engage in lots of pretend play.  
Here are five of the best ways for children to get ready to read.
These activities are beneficial for children of all ages. You and your children can enjoy them throughout the day at home, in the car, anywhere!
What should you know about helping your child get ready to read?
  • The library has many resources to help you teach your child early literacy skills. 
    We have books, toys, games, puzzles, music CDs, read-along kits, storytimes, programs, and resources for parents. Bring your children to library to talk, sing, read, write, and play! 
  • Reading is essential to school success.
    From the time they are infants, children learn language and other important skills that will help them learn to read. Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school. Children who start kindergarten ready to read have greater success throughout their school years.
You are your child’s first and best teacher:
  • Young children have short attention spans. You can do activities for short bits of time throughout the day.
  • You know your children best and you can help them learn in ways and at times that are easiest for them.
  • Parents are the best role models. If you show that reading is important and enjoyable, children will follow your lead.
  • Children learn best by doing and they love doing things with you.

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Read Every Day!

The most important thing you can do to help your children be ready to read is read aloud to your children every day.


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