Reach Out and Read's Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy
- turns pages one at a time, and from left to right
- sits still for longer stories
- scribbles and draws
- recites whole phrase from books
- moves toward letter recognition
- begins to detect rhyme
- pretends to read to dolls and stuffed animals
Reach Out and Read's Reading Tips for Parents:
- ask "What happens next?" in familiar stories
- point out letters and numbers
- point out words and pictures that begin with the same sounds
- together, make up pictures about the stories
- Talk about the pictures, and the story. Ask who, what and where questions. But remember to give your child time to answer!
- Your child might want to tell you a story. Every time she retells a favorite story, or changes the story, she is practicing using language in a very important way.
- Scribbling and pretend writing is the first step toward real writing. Does he ever pretend to write? Do you ever show him the letters in his name?
- Do you have a library card yet? Going to the library regularly opens up the world inside books. Notice your preschooler's interests and let her choose which books to take home.
- picture books that tell longer stories
- counting books
- alphabet books
- books about kids that look and live like them -- but also books about different places and different ways of living
- books about going to school
- books about making friends
- books with simple text they can memorize
- vocabulary books
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