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Read - Preschool

  • When you read a book, run your finger under the text. Children will probably not notice the print unless you point it out. 
  • After reading a story, have your child tell you what happened.
  • Ask the following questions:

                    What happened first, or what happened at the beginning?

                    How did the story end, or what happened at the end of the book?

                    What do you remember about the story?

  • When you read together, label the names of the objects that you see in the book. Ask your child to repeat the names of unfamiliar pictures of objects after you have said them.
  • While reading, have your child say a repeated phrase and/or make a motion with you throughout the book.
  • Make observations and involve your child. Ask them, what do you think will happen there?”
  • Reading rhyming books helps your child hear parts of words. You can play “I Spy” like this too. I spy with my little eye something that is____. You can play these games with any picture or even as your walk or drive around.


Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela. 2006. Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library:  Partnering with Caregivers for Success. Chicago:  American Library Association.

Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela. 2013. Story times for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy.  Chicago:  American Library Association.

 Every Child Ready to Read, Second Edition.  American Library Services to Children & Public Library Association

The Very Ready to Read Program:  Birth-24 months. Madison, WI: Upstart.

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