Summer zipped by, but for many of us school has been long awaited in our crazy last couple years. Things may have not panned out as they were always planned. That’s okay! We all made it through, and we are moving forward now! Now that our kiddos are heading off to school it’s a great time to set them up for success in the reading department.
These first five years we were focused on creating a love for books by always having them readily around. Now that we have established that base it’s time to start hearing YOUR kiddos read! How exciting is that?? Not only will your child be moving up educationally, but they will be able to help you with driving directions, cooking recipes, grocery shopping, and making little everyday choices all by themselves!
Hopefully your child has a few specific interests at this point, that will make for good book choices, that way they are less likely to get frustrated with while trying to sound out all of those words. Here are a few book choices if you are unsure of where to start:
- Green Eggs and Ham or other Dr. Seuss (great for learning sight words)
- Any types of little reader box sets are excellent
- I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
- Llama Llama Series
- Clifford the Big Red Dog Series
The most important thing, as always, is to just get books of interest into those hot little hands. The magic will happen at each of their own paces. Even if child #1 learned to read at four and a half. Baby #2 might not be reading fully until they are six. It is okay! Each child learns at their own pace. Your job is to just guide and encourage, not push.
I wish each of you a successful year with your family and always feel free to come to us here at Young Scholars Academy if you are struggling with reading concepts or need ideas. Our mobile library will be continuing to visit us weekly though December, so make sure to take advantage of Thursdays as free book days!
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher