Arizona Education Association

Spring 2013

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6 Keys to Help a Child Become a Good Reader Starting Early The ideal time to begin sharing books with children is during infancy, even as young as six weeks old. From early on, children should own books, be read to often and see others reading and writing. Surrounding Your Child With a Reading-Rich Environment The home environment is critical. Put up some signs around the house that use the child's name. Have toys like alphabet refrigerator magnets, writing materials and high quality books. Talking With Your Child There's no substitute for a caring adult who takes time to spend with a child. Vocabulary, language skills and knowledge about the world are acquired during interesting conversations with responsive adults. Teaching Your Child While You Read Aloud When you read with your child, help him or her learn the basic rules of print. Point out how spaces separate words. Occasionally run your fingers along with the words as you read so your child can learn that sentences start on the upper left and go to the right. Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills As children move from being toddlers to school-age, they should increasingly be able to grasp the meaning of language. When you read, stop to discuss unfamiliar words so your child will learn what they mean. Finding a Good Preschool Setting What things to look for in a high quality preschool— • A well-supplied, well-designed space • A varied curriculum • Strong parent-teacher conferences • Strong teaching methods and teamwork among teachers • A regular daily routine • Language experience Spring.13advo.indd 39 1/29/13 10:53 AM

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