Nothing gives parents and guardians more satisfaction and joy than to see their very young child trying to read or exhibiting ready-to-read behaviors.
What are some of the behaviors?
The very young child may:
* Carry a favorite book around all the time
* Sit alone with a favorite book looking at the pictures
* Fill in words you misread or leave out
* Demand that the story be read in a particular way
* Want to hear the same story over and over (until you both have it memorized)
* Tell/read the story from memory
* Read picture clues ("one picture is worth a thousand words")
What can you do to help?
* Read the book requested
* Extend the reading time a few minutes longer to read the often requested book, then introduce something new
* Encourage your child's reading. Say, "I'm so proud of you!"
* Take photographs of what your child looks like reading or when someone is reading to your child.
* Continue to model reading behaviors to your child
* Show or read to your child something from your reading material, i.e. newspaper, book, magazine, how-to-book
* Keep a record of books read
* Record reading behaviors (on the kitchen calendar)
* Point to the words as you read them aloud
* Let your child point as you read out loud (when they are physically able)
* Answer their questions as much as you are able
* Bring personal experiences to the story
A resident of Ellicott City, Jerdine Nolen is the award- winning children's author of "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm" and "Raising Dragons." She is a former teacher and administrator in elementary education, and has personally field-tested her suggestions on her son and daughter.
Pub Date: 01/24/99