This booklet (in English and Spanish) features dozens of fun activities parents can use to build the language skills of young children from birth to age 6. It has a reading checklist, typical language accomplishments for different age groups, and resources for children with reading problems or learning disabilities.
Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. This series of booklets gives parents easy-to-adapt ideas on how to help their young child get ready to read. Each booklet includes a story that models effective ways to introduce books and reading to a young child, suggested activities, and a checklist to guide parents as they think about their child’s reading skills.
This guide draws from research to provide practical tips to strengthen children’s language abilities, increase their world knowledge, help them become familiar with books and other printed materials, learn letters and sounds, and recognize numbers and learn to count.
This summary of research and expert opinion highlights the importance of reading volume (how much reading), access and exposure to print materials and books, reader choice and variety, and reading aloud to developing young readers.