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How Can I Help My Child Be Ready to Read and Ready to Learn?

Many parents are asking, "How can I help my child read and learn before they begin school?" Below are a few things you can begin with your child at an early age.

  • Talk to your infant and toddler to help them learn to speak and understand the meaning of words.
  • Read to your baby every day starting at age 6 months.
  • Use sounds, songs, gestures, and words that rhyme to help your baby learn about language and its many uses.
  • Point out printed words in your home and other places you take your child such as the grocery store.
  • Take children's books and writing materials whenever you leave home.
  • Create a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write, and draw.
  • Help your child see that reading is important. Set a good example by reading books, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Limit the amount of television you and your child watch.

Reach out to libraries and community and other organizations.  These organizations can:

  • Help you find age-appropriate books to use at home with your child.
  • Show you creative ways to use books with your child and other tips to help them learn.
  • Provide year-round children's reading and educational activities.