When you are reading with your pre-kindergartener:
1. Point to words.
2. Talk about the printed words, like “This word starts with a p and ends with a p.”
3. Ask your child questions. Ask about what just happened and what might happen next.
4. Read different types of books, like fairy tales, nursery rhymes, alphabet books, picture books, and poems.
5. Read books that repeat words and phrases.
6. Play guessing games with sounds and words, like “I’m thinking of a word that begins with b, can you think of one?”
7. Remember, every child is different. They do not all learn to understand, talk, read, or write at the same times. A speech-language pathologist can help if you have any concerns or questions.