Advice for Parents OF Early or Emerging Readers
Here are a few tips to help early readers:
READ EVERY DAY
Find a time to read with your child every day. Even a brief daily commitment can convey that reading is an important priority for you.
MAKE A SPACE FOR READING
Create a comfortable, consistent place in your home where you can read together, enjoy books and chat about them. You might even make it a place where food and drink are welcome — these signal that reading can be a social activity.
MAKE READING SILLY
Don’t be afraid to get silly. Reading should be fun. Meet your child where he or she is, and don’t insist on “serious” or “classic” books. Silly books, comics, animé or other art-driven books are a good way to get many children interested in reading. If possible, act out or sing the words of stories or find other ways to enjoy books.
VISIT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Plan trips to the library. Getting your child a library card can get them excited about books. Don’t worry about reading every book — library trips should be fun. At first, these visits may simply consist of spending time wandering the rows of books and meeting librarians.
LIBRARIANS ARE RESOURCES
Ask librarians which books are appropriate for your child and which books kids are excited about.
SEEK OUT ADAPTATIONS
Read books that are being adapted into movies, and compare one type of media to the other.
Encourage your child to write thank-you notes, letters, journal entries and stories about their daily life and experiences. If your child is uncomfortable writing, suggest that he or she create a comic strip.
BUILD LITERACY WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES
Enjoy puzzles, mazes, crosswords and other games, which enable your child to build literacy skills while having fun.
PARTNER WITH TEACHERS
Work with teachers to understand their approach to literacy and ask how you can help at home. Find ways to extend school literacy lessons when you’re home or out with your child.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Show your child that you love books, reading and writing — and that you partake in these activities every day.
READLAND’S ROLE IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR GRADE-LEVEL READING
The Readland Foundation is the founder of the Campaign for Read Aloud to children in underserved communities in Nigeria and Africa.
This is a collaborative effort by more than 15 underserved communities and Schools to move the needle on early literacy. The initiative calls for an integrated approach, which starts at birth and ensures children develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed to read by third grade. This grade level is considered a pivot point in education, where children shift from learning to read and instead begin reading to learn.