Raise a Reader! Reading with your 3-4 year old.

By Silver Dolphin Books on April 25, 2013

Raise-a-Reader-Series-ImageIf raising a child who loves to read is important to you, you’re in the right place. At Silver Dolphin, we hope to inspire and encourage families to read together and use books as an interactive piece of their family time. Our Raise a Reader blog series continues today, with tips and tricks for reading with your 3-4 year old.

This age is one where many parents start pushing pre-reading skills. There are some great ways to do this, without turning off a child who may not be ready.

When reading with your 3-4 year old:

– Help develop their awareness of letter sounds by reading rhyming books and singing songs. Ask your child to try rhyming a simple word. Start with working on sounds and then move into letters taking cues from your child when they are ready.
– Use books to start discussions. Who, what, where, how? Talk about colors, people and the story to help them with comprehension this will make things easier for when they do learn to read.
– When reading, run your finger under the words as you’re reading. This will help them learn about reading from left-to-right. Point to each word; this shows your child that there are spaces that separate words in books.
– If your child shows interest, ask them to name other words that start with the same letter. “B” is for ball, balloon, banana!

Many parents worry and compare their child’s reading development to other children. While it’s easy to stress, remember that all children read at different paces and levels. Your child will learn, and by keeping the experience fun you will help them get there!

If you’re looking for new books to read with your preschooler, check out:

Our “Raise a Reader” blog series offers up tips, discussion points and recommendations on reading with your child from infant to 12 years of age. Stay tuned over the next month as we bring you more in this series! You can also read previous posts about reading with your infant, your 6-12 month old and your 1-2 year old.


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