This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums.
At my big boy’s preschool they have a poster on the door that says…
“Learning to read is about more than just books!”
Underneath the words are lots of photos of kids doing different activities.
I love that poster.
It makes me smile every time I see it because it reminds me that my ‘just turned five’ boy who is so desperate to be able to read like his big sisters, is learning the skills he needs to do just that, every day, in so many different ways.
Learning to read really is about so much more than just books…
It is about cooking, and learning about sequencing, and following instructions.
It’s about playing board games, and developing memory skills and learning concepts such as ‘beginning, middle and end’.
It is about doing puzzles and playing snap, and learning to match shapes and pictures, then letters and finally words.
It is about singing and poetry, and learning about rhyme, language and vocabulary.
It is about going to the shops, and getting out and about, and recognising print and words in all their different forms in our environment.
And yes, learning to read is also about books.
There is nothing better than sitting down to share the magic of a story with your child and in doing so they put all those pre-reading skills they have learned during play and everyday life into practice.
They know which way to round to hold a book and how to start at the beginning.
They know how to turn the pages carefully.
They know that the words under the images have meaning, even if they can’t read them.
They know that the pictures help tell the story also.
They know to listen and how to follow a story carefully.
They know to anticipate and guess what word might come next in a rhyming story.
They know the magic of reading… and when they are ready to begin reading on their own they will jump in and enjoy the wonderful ride.