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How to Help Preschooler - You Are Your Child's First Teacher

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Read to Your Preschooler | Reading Milestones
Books for Preschoolers | Song & Rhymes

Preschoolers are developing the skills that will help learn how to read when they enter school. Here's what you can do:

  • Let your child join in at reading time. Encourage them to repeat a refrain in the story or guess which rhyming word comes next.
  • Talk to your child about what you read together. Ask questions like, "How does the boy in the story feel?"
  • Share family stories together. Your preschooler will love to hear stories about what life was like when you were little.
  • Encourage your child to select books independently at the Library, at the bookstore, and at home.

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  • Turn off the TV and the radio when you're reading with your child.
  • Keep a variety of reading materials in your home, such as newspapers and magazines, as well as books. Let your child catch you reading!


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Illustrations from WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown, Copyright © 2004 by Judy Sierra, illustrations copyright © 2004 by Marc Brown. Reproduced by permission of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.