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Reading Tips for Parents of Kindergartners

By: Reading Rockets
Play with letters, words, and sounds! Having fun with language helpsyour child learn to crack the code of reading. The tips below offersome fun ways you can help your child become a happy andconfident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best foryour child.

These tips for parents of kindergartners are also available as a one-page handout to download and print:

Our reading tip sheets,
for parents of children
in preschool to grade 3,
are available in 9 other languages.

Talk to your child

Ask your child to talk about his day at school. Encourage him to explain something they did, or a game he played during recess.

Say silly tongue twisters

Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.

Read it and experience it

Connect what your child reads with what happens in life. If reading a book about animals, relate it to your last trip to the zoo.

Use your child's name

Point out the link between letters and sounds. Say, "John, the word jump begins with the same sound as your name. John, jump. And they both begin with the same letter, J."

Play with puppets

Play language games with puppets. Have the puppet say, "My name is Mark. I like words that rhyme with my name. Does park rhyme with Mark? Does ball rhyme with Mark?"

Trace and say letters

Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter's sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.

Write it down

Have paper and pencils available for your child to use for writing. Working together, write a sentence or two about something special. Encourage her to use the letters and sounds she's learning about in school.

Play sound games

Practice blending sounds into words. Ask "Can you guess what this word is? m - o - p." Hold each sound longer than normal.

Read it again and again

Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.

Talk about letters and sounds

Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! "I'm thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmmmm."

Reading Tip sheets in other languages

A downloadable handout, for parents of children in pre-K through grade 3, is also available below in the following languages:

Find these and other downloadable tips and guides in our Guides section.

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Reading Rockets (2008)

Comments

thanks so much for this information. It will assist our parents in helping their children become successful readers. Your wesite is filled with invaluable information.

Thanks so very interesting (this) information ;))All the best ... ;))

I appreciate the information and it will be helpful for me, my students and their families. I teach special education and currently work as a resource teacher for third and fourth grade. When I use it for my students, I will change the word "parents" to "families" and then "Kindergarten" will be changed to "their student". The change will read "Tips for families and their students". This will help remove the stigma for my fourth grade students that have reading abilities that correlate with tips associated with the tip sheet that is labeled "Kindergarten".

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