Counting The Days 'Til Kindergarten
Preparing For Reading Success


What reading experts say:

Hearing the different sounds that make up words is one of the most important pre-reading skills. Understanding that words are combinations of sounds helps children break the code between spoken language (sounds) and written language (words). It is important for incoming Kindergartners to be able to hear and differentiate sounds in words.

Words that rhyme, more than non-rhyming words, help children distinguish the smallest parts of speech - called phonemes - that make up words. Once children are aware of sounds within words (phonological sensitivity), they can blend sounds together to form words and then read words.

Use nursery rhymes and rhyming games to help children focus on sounds, and use sounds to make words. Help children develop their listening skills so they can more easily differentiate one sound from another.

What good readers know:

Good readers know their nursery rhymes. They can recite familiar Mother Goose rhymes, begin to create their own silly rhyming songs, make up rhyming pairs in made-up rhyming games ("I like to eat peas while sitting on my knees") and clap a steady beat as they recite familiar rhymes.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
Go to the Main Library and meet some of your favorite characters from books. Check the Library's program calendar at to find when Froggy, Splat the Cat, Corduroy, Ladybug Girl, Pete the Cat, Clifford and others will visit the Main Library.
Week 2:
Practice counting up and down. Start with the first day of this month and count all the days to 31 and then count back down to 1.
Week 3:
Read five books from the "Reading" booklist.
Week 4:
Choose a book from the "Reading" list. As you read, point out important words to draw your child's attention to the printed words. Ask your child to find a few words based on the beginning sound.

  1. Visit the West Bloomfield Township Public Library and check out our 75 of the best books to read to young children and Counting the days ‘til Kindergarten. These books are located near the kitchen and puppet tree area. They encourage a love of books and reading, while inspiring literacy skills, vocabulary, concepts of print, concept skills such as shapes, letters, and numbers and listening and comprehension skills.
  2. Choose a book about your favorite character such as Pete the Cat, The Cat in the Hat, Elephant and Piggie, The pigeon, or Fancy Nancy. Children relate to books they love. Read many books by the same author but also branch out and read a book from our new arrivals too.
  3. Let your child hold the book, point to the words and tell you what they think is happening in the book. They might remember based on memory, or they might use their imagination to tell you a different story. Either way they are using great vocabulary, early literacy skills, and imagination.

More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)

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