Nothing is more important to a child’s success in school than learning to read early – before entering school.
Each of us can help, whether it’s with your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other children in the neighborhood. Nearby schools and libraries always are looking for volunteers to help teach reading and improve learning skills.
Here are the building blocks for teaching a child to read. These tips are provided by the reading experts at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Please consider helping a child learn to read. You can make a world of difference.
- Teach your child the alphabet.
- Visit the public library to check out picture books for your child about his or her favorite things.
- Use your finger to point to letters and words while you read.
- Point to capital letters in the story.
- Make the sounds that match the letters and words.For example: C = cat
- Point to words and show what they mean by pointing to pictures on the page.
- Repeat words in the book that rhyme, such as hat, cat, sat.
- After reading, ask your child what happened at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the story.
For more information, visit www.columbuslibrary.org or your local public library.