Counting The Days 'Til Kindergarten
Preparing For Reading Success


What reading experts say:

Reading and writing go together. Children learn a lot about reading when they understand that spoken words can be written and read by others. Talk about why it is important to communicate a message through written text.

Model purposeful writing. Let your child see you writing a shopping list, a letter, an email, a reminder note. Learning to write letters and words can help your child begin to make the visual discriminations necessary to learn to read.

What good readers know:

Good readers enjoy using spoken as well as written words to communicate. They enjoy writing their name and making lists using their newfound writing skills. They enjoy writing letters using not only pencils and crayons but also creating them with clay, food, chenille sticks and blocks.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
Write about going to school. Use photos from magazines or drawings to picture what the first day of kindergarten will be like. Write captions. Have your child "read" the story to you. Write a to-do list to prepare for the first day of kindergarten: buy school supplies, write name on supplies, choose what to eat for breakfast, practice saying your address and phone number.
Week 2:
Keep your child busy while you're waiting at a restaurant or in a doctor's office. Pull out some coins. Count them, and sort them by color and size. Play "I Spy" with the coins: "I spy a coin worth 10 cents."
Week 3:
Read five books from the "Writing" booklist.
Week 4:
Go to a Library Summer Reading program.

Activities - Writing:
  1. Allow your child help you write a grocery list. They can “write “words or draw pictures to help identify what you will get while you are shopping.
  2. Find small child-sized paper punches that make different shapes, these are fun to punch but work your child’s little fingers and hand eye coordination.
  3. Play with finger puppets while singing nursery rhymes and finger such as “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” or “5 Little Pumpkins.”
  4. Fold up paper and have your child create their own book. They are the author and illustrator. If they allow, write the words for them so they can always look back and read it again.

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