Sight Word Flashcards…there’s a place for them!

It’s a good idea to use flashcards to help your child learn sight words which are the building blocks of reading (and writing).  However – 

  • Use flashcards in addition to teaching sight words by using books you’re already reading with your child. Why?
  • We want the words to be meaningful to your child. When you point out a sight word such as “I” in a story you’re reading, your child sees how the word is used. It’s part of a story and has more meaning than if it’s isolated on a card.

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  • When your child is about 4 years old, you can start introducing sight words, but it really depends on the child. Some children might be ready at 3 years, some at 5.

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How to read a book to your child…

1. Do what comes naturally.

Use your common sense and take your cues from your child. Trust your instincts.

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2. Read with expression! 

Ham it up! Use different voices for different characters. I love doing the voice of the Big, Bad Wolf in The Three Little Pigs -“I’LL HUFF AND I’LL PUFF, 8319124_origAND I’LL BLOOOWWW YOUR HOUSE DOWN!”

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Top 5 Pre-Reading Tips

1. Rich oral language makes learning to read easier.

The better your child’s oral language is, the more language your child has heard, the easier it will be for your child to learn to read. It’s important to expose your baby and toddler to as much oral language as possible. You want your child to learn lots of new words and sentence structures before formal school even begins. And, how do you do that?

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When to start reading to your child…

 

The earlier, the better!

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1. It’s never too early to start reading to your child.

Babies enjoy touching and looking at books and their wonderful, colourful illustrations. Chewing on them is fun, too! Make it a bedtime routine. At our home, after bath time, we’d cuddle on the bed in our pyjamas and read several beloved books over and over again. Children want to hear the same story many times over and that’s great! As long as your child wants to hear it, keep reading it. He or she is still getting something out of it.

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