Talking helps your child get ready to read!


There are five easy ways to help children learn pre-reading skills and get ready to read.

These practices are great to do with children of all ages any place any time!

SCCLD Libraries have resources and spaces to help.

Talk with your child about what you read together, about the world around them, about everything!  Talk about past events and future activities.  Use new words to increase vocabulary and ask them questions and listen to  their answers.
Even babies begin communicating early, and there are stages all children go through in learning vocabulary:
At birth, children will cry, burp, sneeze and cough.

After 2 months, babies will make vowel-like sounds: goo, aah, ooh and others.

At age 4 - 6 months, children start babbling (“mammama”…“dada”)

At 9 - 12 months, the babbling advances with sentence-like phrasing and rhythm.
Around one year old, your child will say his or her first real word. He or she will
start with single syllables, then may double some syllables, as in “wawa” or
“mama.” Your child will continue to say only one word at a time for several more
Between a year and a half and two years old, your child will begin to talk in
“telegraphic speech.” This sounds like, “Want cookie” or “Me milk.” You can
extend your child’s talk by saying, “You want a cookie?” or “You want me to give
you some milk?” This will help increase your child’s vocabulary.
Around age two, you will see an explosion of language. Your child will learn
vocabulary quickly, begin using new words, speak in sentences, and combine
words with greater frequency and fluency. From ages 2 - 5, expect your child to
ask many questions and learn to take turns speaking. Having conversations,
listening, and following your child’s lead is one of the best ways to increase
vocabulary and comprehension skills. This helps your child get ready to read.

So keep on talking: tell stories, ask questions, be patient, have fun!
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