Helping Your Child Become a Reader, Pt. 2

As a parent, one of the best ways you can help your child succeed is by supporting their literacy development. Learning to read is a gradual process that occurs over the course of a child's first six years, and it's a journey that we can take together.

As your child progresses toward reading, they will engage in a variety of fun and interactive activities, such as talking and listening, listening to stories read aloud, pretending to read, and learning how to handle books. They will also begin to identify letters by name and shape, connect single letters with the sounds they make, and connect what they already know to what they hear read.

As they continue to grow, children will begin to recognize simple words in print, summarize what a story is about, and eventually write simple sentences to communicate. Along the way, we can provide them with plenty of opportunities to read and write, and encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning.

It's important to remember that every child is unique and will progress at their own pace. As parents, we can provide a supportive and nurturing environment that encourages our children to explore the world of reading and learning. So, let's get started on this exciting journey together! For more detailed information on your child's literacy development, check out "Typical Language Accomplishments for Children, Birth to Age 6."

Helping Your Child Become a Reader” is a resource designed by the U.S. Department of Education to help parents and caregivers support the development of reading skills in children. The booklet is available online for free and is a valuable resource for parents who are looking for ways to support their child's literacy development.