March is National Reading Month! Did you know that speech-language pathologists can play a key role in helping children learn to read? In fact, recent survey found that over 70% of teachers believed that students who received speech therapy services demonstrated improved reading skills in the classroom (ASHA, National Outcome Measurement System). In support of National Reading Month, today we’re focusing our blog on some of the things you can do at home to help your child develop pre-literacy skills and get ready to read!
Reading with your child is one of the best ways to develop pre-literacy skills. Reading together is not only a great way to help your child develop a love of reading; it also helps expose them to print early and associate printed words with the sounds they make. However, there are a range of other activities beyond reading that you can do to help your child learn to read. Take a look at some of these easy activities you can do at home to help your child develop the skills they need to learn to read:
- Make letters a part of your child’s daily routine. Point out letters on day-to-day objects, and draw attention to the fact that each one has a different name and sound.
- Help your child notice the smaller sounds that make up words by breaking words down and putting them back together. For example, “What three sounds are in the word cat?”
- Play rhyming games to draw attention to how some words sound alike and others sound different.
- Practice taking the sounds of words apart. For example, you can ask “If I said the word clock without the ‘k’ sound, what word would I have?” You can also try putting sounds together: “If I took the word rip and added a ‘t’ sound, what word would I have?”
- Make a game out of creating lists of words that all start or end with the same sound.
- Draw attention to print throughout the day. Point out signs or other text and read it aloud. When at a restaurant, instead of just telling your children what food is available, look at the menu together, and run your finger along the print as you read.
What other strategies have you used to help your child get ready to read? Share your stories, comments, and tips in the comment section below!
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