• Iris Windsor

How to Raise a Reader

Literacy doesn't start when your child starts school. From birth, babies and children are gathering skills that they will use in reading.

The years between 3 and 5 are critical to reading growth and some 5-year-olds, already in kindergarten are very close to being able to read.

The best way to instill a love for, and interest in reading is to simply read to your child. They learn to have respect for books by having beautiful books in the home that the children have access to is just a start. Keep them in a place where the child can take one and sit with a book just turning the pages as this little one in the photo is doing, pointing out things that are recognisable.

Some preschoolers might even predict what might happen in a story, recognize some familiar words or retell stories that they know or have had read to them many times.

I recall the son of a friend who was absolutely distraught at the end of Week 1 at school, crying because he thought that he would have learned to read by this!!

They have these expectations in a world where everything happens for them instantly!!

Teach them respect for books, encourage reading time and read to them every day and you will no doubt be building a little person who has a lifelong love of books.

To learn more about us, at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, go to https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us

Or give us a call on 07 5471 6500. We would love to hear from you

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Information taken from: www.scholastic.com


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