Learning to Read Milestones
Begins to read simple books
Writes short sentences
Retells main events of stories
Makes predictions about stories
Chooses own books
Give your child paper and pencils and crayons! Have your child help you write the grocery list. They can draw pictures and write words, then help you check off the items as you find them in the store.
Ask your child questions about the books that you read together. Do the books remind her of something your family did together? Are the stories like other stories you’ve read? Why does he like or dislike a particular book?
Look for all kinds of books at your library! Choose short chapter books, picture books, folktales, and poetry. Look for books with information and facts about topics that interest your child. Reading many kinds of books will help them be stronger readers.
Keep reading aloud to your child even after they can read for themselves! Listening to harder stories than they can read will help children stay excited about books.
Act out a little play of your child’s favorite story! Putting events in order and retelling stories helps build comprehension skills.