Let's Get K Ready!
Tips for Parents and Families of Rising Kindergartners
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This week's newsletter shares reasons to start a home library and the importance of environmental print. To see all the "Let's Get K Ready!" newsletters, visit the Kindergarten Ready website home page and scroll to the bottom.
Growing up in a house that has books and a home library positively impacts a child's literacy and numeracy through college. So, prepare your child for kindergarten and life by keeping a variety of books in your lives. Find a special spot in your house to create a reading room or a reading corner. Put up a tent, find some cozy seating, or spread out a blanket. Crates, tubs, shelves, and baskets make great book containers.
If you can, purchase books and start a collection. Find deals at Goodwill , Chesterfield County Public Library sales, and even stores like 2nd and Charles. You can also borrow books from the local library. Listen and follow along with stories on apps such as Kindle, Audible, or Overdrive. There are so many options! Make sure to model your interest in books too. Keep a book for yourself by the bedside and in your reading nook.
No matter where you get your books or what book you choose to read to your child, here are some ideas about how to get the most out of a picture book:
Choose stories together! Select books that both you and your child will enjoy!
Have Fun! Read with expression. Make sound effects, do different voices for characters—whatever makes it fun for you and your child!
Make it interactive! Are there words or phrases that get repeated? Have your child join in.
Talk about it! Talk about the pictures and discuss the story. Make predictions about what will happen in the story.
Reread stories! Children become familiar and comfortable with a greater number of words as they listen to stories over and over. In addition, hearing favorite stories read aloud helps children become aware of the patterns and the rhythm of text.
During the formative years of 0-5 years old, children develop fast and your involvement in early literacy is crucial for a child’s success in school and quality of life! So, start now! Instill a love of reading in your child! It is an investment that will last a lifetime.
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