- Let your child pick the book, even if it means reading the same story over and over.
- Visit the Wake County Libraries, Quail Ridge Books and Barnes and Noble for story times, activities and to check out more books.
- Establish a daily reading routine for 15-20 minutes. Also read whenever your preschooler is interested in books and words. Make sure that when you are reading, the TV is off and there are no other distractions.
- Spend time looking at the pages of a picture book together and ask your child questions to help him/her get ready to read.
- See Build the Best Home Library for Your Child.
- Read tips on How to Raise a Reader (Preschoolers)
- While reading, use expression, distinctive voices for each character and sound effects. See Don’t Sit Still: The Fun of Reading Aloud. (English) (Spanish)
- While shopping, point out the word on your list and on the item when you find it.
- Make connections from the book to things your child has done or seen.
- See Preschoolers Reading. (English) (Spanish)
- For additional assistance with literacy see Motheread.
- For free parent instruction of high quality school readiness and child development see HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) or call Family Resources Center of Raleigh (919) 755-6959.
- See Reach Out & Read parent resources.
- See article Importance of Reading Aloud.
- Go to Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade for great tips in English and Spanish.
Engage your child in thoughtful and interactive conversation on a regular basis to increase their chance for school success. 80% of a child’s brain development takes place by age three and a great deal of it is stimulated by an interaction with language. Download the App Vroom which will teach you how to turn shared moments into brain building moments.
- Point out print everywhere! Talk about written words you see everywhere around you.
- Interact with your child through talk whenever possible and encourage them to ask and answer questions often.
- Recite rhymes and sing songs. Pause to let you child finish the rhyme or song.
- Expose your child to new vocabulary words whenever possible. If your child seems unsure of a word, provide a simple definition.
- Label objects in your house and talk about the link between words and the things they are referring to.
- Encourage your child to talk about a book in longer sentences or retell their version of the story.
- Build together with blocks, pillows, Legos—anything!
- Get active together! Play follow the leader, join your child on the swings, run, skip, jump, walk backwards, tiptoe, or move in whatever way is fun for you!
- Dance and shake to the beat of songs, nursery rhymes, poems and instruments.
- Create books with your child. Write down a story that they tell you on several pieces of paper. Staple the pages together and let your child illustrate the book with pictures.
- Act out stories and pretend play using props.
- Make up games while reading. For example, count the pictures in a book and wait for your child to repeat what you said.
- Give your child opportunities to draw and write in crayon, marker and finger paints.
- See Busy Fingers Getting Ready to Write (English) (Spanish) and Preschoolers Writing (English) (Spanish).
- Take your preschooler to a class at Marbles Kids Museum.
Learn more about Read, Talk, Play by reading Project Enlightenment’s Early Literacy Tips.
See the Literacy Council of Wake County for the Family Literacy Program-Project Lift. This program helps adults whose first language is not English, read and navigate the school system. It also helps teach and support parents while working with children under 5 on basic literacy skills.
For questions or concerns that you may have about your child’s development or behavior, see Project Enlightenment Parent Resources.