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Do you have a beginning reader who needs a little help?  We are here to help you raise a reader.

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Featured Art

Tip for Beginner Readers - From East Coast Mommy

This tip is a simple one that actually came from my school teacher aunt.  When kids are learning to read, and pointing at the words as they go, give them a "witch finger" (a Halloween prop from the dollar store).  I know it sounds crazy, but my younger boys think it is great.



Sing, Talk and Read

10 Rules for Parents of Beginner Readers

1.  Make reading fun!  A motivated reader will put more effort into learning to read.

2.  Use the library!  Children can explore and find books that interest them.  Plus, check out all the activities and programs offered for your child.

3.  Read aloud to your child every day!  Make it part of your routine – a special time spent with your child.  10-20 minutes will create a great foundation.  It is never too early or late to start.

4.  Avoid comparisons!  Every child is different, has their own talents and learns at their own pace.  Drilling or pushing a child is more likely to lead to tears, unhappiness and more problems.

5.  Build vocabulary!  There has been an increased awareness and coverage in the news about the “word gap” of students beginning school.  One of the best ways to increase vocabulary is to read with your child and don’t simplify, but explain.  (Books have a higher rare word content than spoken language.)  

6.  Point!  Point to words and pictures to help your child to associate the words and what they represent.  Pointing to titles and repeated phrases will also help your child realize that you are reading the words and help them begin to develop and increase “sight” words.

7.  Ask questions!  Involve your child in the story by asking open questions, questions that require more than a yes or no answer.  Ask your child to make predictions about the story from the picture on the cover.  Why did the character do something?  How is the character feeling?  Any open question is a good question and once a child knows questions are okay they will come up with their own.  At the end of the story you can ask for a synopsis (beginning, middle and end) and/or a favorite part.

8.  Practice the ABCs!  Alphabet books and reading games are great for developing letter knowledge.  Play “I spy” while driving and walking, where you spy something that begins with a letter.  Letter refrigerator magnets can also be an inexpensive, worthwhile purchase.

9.  Rhyme it up!  Rhyming books and songs are great for helping children hear the difference in words, which helps them sound words out later.

10.  Be a good role model!  Let them see you reading, for enjoyment and let them see the importance of reading – directions, recipes… 


Featured Resource

The library has databases to help your beginning reader.

  • BookFlix
    Pairs high-quality children's video storybooks with factual eBooks for pre-schoolers, kindergartners and beginning readers. Related games and puzzles reinforce early reading skills and build curiosity about the world. Some titles in Spanish. Algunos titulos en espanol.

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