Ideas for Pre-Reading Skills
Here are some reading ideas to use at home which reinforce what your children are learning at school.
Reading Activities and Phonemic Awareness Ideas
RHYMING - The ability to rhyme helps children recognize similar sound patterns between words. Being able to perceive these sounds will be of benefit to them as they develop their word recognition and spelling skills.
1. Show your child pictures of rhyming words (dog-log, rug-bug, cat-hat, fish-dish, etc) and have them repeat the sounds.
2. Read books that rhyme. Dr. Seuss books are great for this.
3. Make up silly words that rhyme - nilly, filly, silly, etc.
4. Say two words that don't rhyme and ask them if they sound the same. Help them find a word that does rhyme.
READING - Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them for learning to read.
1. Read a book. Reread the book. Read it again. Then you can ask questions about the story.
- "What do you think will happen?"
- "Why did they do that?"
- "What was your favorite part?"
- "What happened first?"
- "How did the story end?"
2. While reading the story, stop during key parts and let them finish for you.
3. Give your child the book and let them read it to you.