Beginner Reading and Literacy Skills
· Set a good example…love books and reading yourself.
· Start early, the younger the better.
· Make use of the library.
· Read aloud to you child as often as possible.
· Point out printed words wherever you go and read them.
· Develop the oral language and your vocabulary.
· Start by placing the book the right way up.
· Use your finger to point out the title of the book as you read the title.
· Read the name of the author and illustrator.
· Look at the pictures on the cover.
· Turn the book over to the back and point out the differences between front and back.
· Name the different parts of the book, the spine, the title, the index, the publisher, the cover,
the pages etc.
· Look at the pictures on the first page.
· Point to where the story begins and where the story ends.
· Read the first page. Use your finger or a pointer to point to each word as you read.
· Read the book together. Allow your child to turn the pages, practicing turning one page
at a time.
· Show your child a picture that describes what you have read. Ask your child to tell you
about the picture.
· Point out to your child that you always read from front to back, left to right and top to bottom.
· Show them the different words and the spaces between the words.
· Your child should begin recognizing letters at some stage, point out that letters make up words.
· Show them the difference between upper and lower case letters, all sentences start with upper case.
· All sentences end in a full stop or period.
· Your child should eventually start recognizing some words by sight or by using the pictures as clues.
· Children should listen intently and be able to retell a story or parts of story.
· Point out that words join together to make sentences.
· Children should start making connections between events in the story and relate this to real life.
· Challenge children to makes predictions in the story ~ what do you think is going to happen next?
· Ask Children to briefly summarize the story.
· What was their best/worst part in the story?
· Give the book to the child to hold. By looking at the pictures, let him read YOU the story.
· Use your imagination - imagine what happens later, after the story has finished.
· Make up your own stories!
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED MARCH 2010