Early Reading–More Than Just Words On The Page

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We’re all aware that reading is linked to overall academic success.  But did you know that it is MUCH more than simply reading words aloud?  It’s analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing information in math, science, and social studies.  It is about learning how to interpret and make meaning from what you’re reading.

When it comes to fostering reading skills in our children, the earlier the better.  It’s especially critical for children ages 0-9.  Did you know that children not reading proficiently in third grade are four times more likely not to graduate from high school.  So where do you start?

  • Rich conversations
  • Asking open-ended questions
  • Telling stories
  • Singing songs
  • Rhyming
  • Word exploration and games
  • Reading aloud
  • Drawing
  • Writing

These everyday activities at home, early learning settings, preschool, churches, libraries, and museums not only foster a love of reading and learning, but they lay a strong foundation for later school and academic success.  What are you doing to help a child become a strong reader?

 

 

Our series on reading continues…Tomorrow, check back in for, “Reading Failure: It Costs Us All.”

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