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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.