Tips for Reading to Preschoolers
Read early and often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. Below are some tips for your child to become a happy and confident reader. Try something new each week and see what they like.
- Read together every day.
Enjoy some cuddle time and read to your child daily.
- Give everything a name.
Build the child’s vocabulary by saying the name for all objects. For example, “Look at that door, see the windows and handle. What do you do with a handle?”
- Have fun reading.
Use different voices and add humor, sounds and expressions to appeal to your child.
- Be interactive.
Discuss what’s happening in the book and point to things and ask questions about the images.
- Know when to stop.
If you child loses interest put the book away for awhile and come back to it later.
- Get evaluated.
If you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing or sight, please share with your child’s teacher and pediatrician.