From the National Institute for Literacy’s text, Big Dreams:
I want my child to read. I want my child to be a reader. I want my child to have big dreams. And I want my child’s dreams to come true. How can I help my child learn to read?
I show her that reading matters. I help her find books she likes. She sees me read. We go to the library together. We write letters to cousins and spell out all the words. We read before bed every night.
We spend time together. We talk a lot. I talk to her about what we’re doing. I ask her about her day. She asks me about the world. I tell her what I know.
I help him hear the sounds in words when we talk. I help him hear how baby and bubble start with the same sound. I help him hear that kitten and mitten rhyme. We sing songs. We say nursery rhymes. He is getting ready to read. I am helping him.
I help her learn the ABCs. We start with ant and go all the way to zebra. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. We look for letters everywhere. We say their names and the sounds they make. We practice writing all the letters.
I help her know what words mean. I teach my children that things have names. I teach the colors, the foods we eat. I teach them the animals and the kinds of weather. I teach them walk, run, jump, fly. I teach them is, was, and will be.
I help him practice reading. He reads his favorite book out loud. I read it too. We take turns. He reads it over and over. I don’t mind. He reads it until the words sound right. I say, “Great job reading!”
I help him understand what he reads. I say, “Tell me about the story. What happened? Who did what? Why? How did it end?” We talk about it. I say, “What do you think about the story?” And I listen.
Reading can help our dreams come true. I show her that reading matters. We spend time together. I help him hear the sound in words when we talk. I help her learn the ABCs. I help them know what words mean. I help him practice reading. I help him understand what he reads.
In this New Year please help Morgan County School District celebrate the gift of literacy. Read. And help others read too.