What reading experts say:
Dr. Nell Duke from Michigan State University states that nearly 44 million adults have difficulty extracting information from text and that a large percentage of American students have difficulty reading and writing informational text.
Reading for information is a lifelong skill. Use the natural curiosity of children to introduce your child to the world of knowledge inside books. Including nonfiction will help provide a balance and a variety of genre in your child's reading. Exposing your child to nonfiction will familiarize him with the structure of this type of book and will help him learn how to get information from the text. This early exposure will reflect positively in school.
There is evidence that a parent's beliefs and attitudes about reading will directly influence children's literacy skills. Parents who have respect for the information contained in books will pass that respect on to their children. Children need to know that learning happens all the time, not just at school.
What good readers know:
Good readers enjoy a balance of fiction and nonfiction books. They enjoy using nonfiction books to answer questions they may have ("Why do stars twinkle?") and are excited to share with others the information they learn in their nonfiction books.
What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Read five books from the "Reading" booklist.
Plan a vacation day from TV. Mark it on the calendar. Go to the library and check out some books for your TV-free day.
Check off all the books you have read so far on the Counting the Days `til Kindergarten booklist. Count how many you've read and write the number on the calendar.
Activities - Reading:
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- Allow your child to read you a book before bed. They might pick a book they know by heart or a new book. They are not necessarily reading the words, but they are using great reading strategies to look at the pictures and relay what they think is happening.
- Create books at home. Allow your child to draw (illustrate), write (scribble), and narrate their own book. Write down what they would like on each page. This allows children to be creative, use fine motor skills and become the author of their own story.
- Read a non-fiction book about a topic of interest to your child (dinosaurs, animals, building, a specific person, etc.). The possibilities are endless and the non-fiction books will give facts, information, and a unique perspective to your child. Many non-fiction books will increase knowledge, facts, oral language and vocabulary skills.