When you've sent your child to preschool, you want to be sure that he or she gets as much out of the experience as possible to be prepared for entering school a year or so later. One thing that is important for your child to develop in preschool is an interest in books — and, hopefully, some ability to read. Some children are capable readers when they leave preschool, while others are not. The preschool's approach to literacy goes a long way toward helping a child with his or her reading, so here are some ways to determine how the preschool promotes literacy.
Rewards For Reading
Many children respond favorably to getting rewards for performing different tasks, and this can include learning how to read basic words. Check to see how the preschool rewards kids for their reading efforts. For example, a school might have a reading program with different tasks each day. When a child is able to successfully complete the reading assignment, he or she can earn a sticker. The children who amass the most stickers over the course of a period of time — a month, perhaps — can earn a prize.
Encouragement Of Reading At Home
It's definitely a positive sign of the preschool staff members are speaking to parents about the importance of reading. Many preschools ask parents to read to their children, as this is an effective way to promote literacy. The preschool may teach your child some basics about reading, but will want your help by reading simple books that the child can follow along as you speak. Some preschools even distribute a reading log that asks parents to check off how many times per week they read to their children.
Daily Reading Sessions
You also want the preschool staff members to read to the children daily. Even if this isn't a "teaching" moment per se, it's an opportunity to show the kids the value of literacy. Children enjoy when adults read to them, and this experience can foster an interest in learning to read for many children. When an adult reads an exciting or funny story, your child may be more eager to learn how to read so that he or she can begin to read such stories himself or herself. If you can identify each of these elements at your child's preschool, you should feel confident that your child's reading ability will be at an appropriate level when he or she starts kindergarten.Share
20 April 2019
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