Here at The Learning Experience®, we are committed to turning young children into lifelong readers, placing an emphasis on literacy starting with our littlest learners. While our teachers’ dedication to implementing our Fun with Phonics® program is a major reason why more than 9 out of 10 of our graduates enter kindergarten reading, fostering a love for reading at home is crucial for early literacy success.
Did you know?
- Children read to three times a week or more by a member of their family were about twice as likely to score in the top 25% for reading, in comparison to children who were read to less than three times per week.” (National Center for Education Statistics)
- According to Allina Health, reading or talking to your child for at least one hour per day will lead to your child’s vocabulary becoming 8,000 to 10,000 words. By the time a child enters kindergarten they will need a minimum of 10,000 words to continue on a path to successful reading.
- Findings show higher than average scores among students who reported more types of reading materials at home.
As parents and guardians, you are your child’s first teacher. Make sure your child is getting the most out of their education by encouraging their love for reading at home!
Early reading tips to try at home
- Share literacy throughout the day with your child. Remember that language can be shared in many ways! Examples include conversations, songs, reading, word games, etc.
- Practice helping your child become aware of print all around him/her by pointing out signs while in the car, labels at the grocery store, or recipes while cooking.
- Create a “Reading Place” in your home! Make this a special area designated to promote your child’s literacy skills. Include items such as a reading lamp, writing materials, and many good books or child friendly magazines.
- Start early. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends daily reading to children beginning by six months of age. Use small, chunky board books that your baby can easily hold onto.
- Your child may ask to read the same book repeatedly. Although it can occasionally be tedious for parents, repetition is a good thing.
- Read to your child at least three times per week before bed.