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Studies show that children with active exposure to language have

social and educational advantages over their peers and reading is

one of the best exposures to language.

Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading.

Children need emergent literacy skills before they can read independently.

These include:having a large vocabulary of words and knowing how to

use them understanding that words are made up of smaller sounds

(phonemic awareness) understanding that marks on a page represent

letters and words.

Additional reading tips:
Reading books that interest your child, even if it's the same book every night for weeks and weeks (and weeks and weeks).Reading slowly enough for your child to digest the words.Reading expressively, using different voices for different characters and raising or lowering your voice as appropriate.Using puppets, hand gestures (lncy Wincy Spider), or props (teddy bears) while reading.Encouraging your toddler to clap or sing when you read rhythmic, sing-song books.Talking about the illustrations. Pointing to items and name them. Asking your child to name them and offering enthusiastic praise.Asking open-ended questions. e.g. "Why do you think the lion is going into the woods?" "What do you think will happen next?" This will encourage your child to think about the story and ask questions.Substituting your child's name for the name of a character in the book.Having fun and showing your child that reading is enjoyable.


Try this link for some spelling practice!

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