March is National Reading Month!

February 29, 2016

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

Faris Bear loves to read year-round, but he especially loves to read during March.  March is National Reading Month!

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool promote early childhood literacy and emergent readers.

At AppleTree & Gilden Woods, we love to help you create a life-long reader in your child.  Most children that attend AppleTree or Gilden Woods are pre-reading or emergent readers.  Children start to understand the basic concepts of reading and print before attending Kindergarten.

Important steps that children master at AppleTree & Gilden Woods include being able to recognize both upper- and lowercase letters as well as what sounds the letters make.

Sight words (high frequency words) and rhyming can be found in books designed for emergent readers.  These books also include pictures that support the text, patterns and repetition, and concepts that young children are familiar with.
Some ideas for you to help your emergent reader:

  • Consider making a word bank with high frequency words (I, the, me) written on index cards and post them in your child's room or on the fridge.
  • Have patience with reading the same bedtime book over and over again.  This gives your child the feeling of being a "reader."  Although this can originally be due to memorizing the text, eventually the memorizing builds into an understanding of print.
  • Print letters onto index cards and cut them out.  Write a complete word on an index card and have your child complete the "puzzle" to spell the word with the letter pieces.  You can even place magnets on the backs so that your child can do this on a fridge or a small cookie sheet while riding in the car.
  • Use the letter pieces from the above activity and make a few more to create a game for your child to match the upper- and lowercase versions of the letters together.
  • Read every day with your child.  Model finger-point reading, following the words with your finger from left to right, and talk about what happened in the story, favorite parts, and new words or concepts.
  • Let your child see you reading for enjoyment as often as possible.  This modeling is imperative to show your child that reading is important to you and should be to them as well.
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