A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found.
That small change involves making specific references to print in books while reading to children—such as pointing out letters and words on the pages, showing capital letters, and showing how you read from left to right and top to bottom on the page.
Preschool children whose teachers used print references during storybook reading showed more advanced reading skills one and even two years later when compared to children whose teachers did not use such references. This is the first study to show causal links between referencing print and later literacy achievement.
“Using print references during reading was just a slight tweak to what teachers were already doing in the classroom, but it led to a sizeable improvement in reading for kids,” said Shayne Piasta, co-author of the study and assistant professor of teaching and learning at Ohio State University.
“This would be a very manageable change for most preschool teachers, (and parents) who already are doing storybook reading in class.”
The libraries have magazines on many topics. Cars, handicrafts, cooking, decorating, news, just to name a few. Most can be borrowed.
May is Get Caught Reading Month, a nation-wide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. It’s exciting to offer a child a beautiful book and watch it do its work, cast its spell.
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. — Katherine Patterson
Read Across America Poem
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.
Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.
Studies show that children’s book lending and ownership programs have a have positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes.
Access to print materials:
· Improves children’s reading performance
· Proves instrumental in helping children learn the basics of reading
· Causes children to read more and for longer lengths of time
· Produces improved attitudes toward reading and learning among children.
Borrow books from your library. Books and magazine subscriptions are good holiday and birthday presents.
…From Reading is Fundamental
Young children develop all sorts of motor skills as they grow. Here are some that pertain to books and literacy.
At 6-12 months a baby can reach for a book, and put it in his mouth. He can sit in your lap, hold his head steady and turn pages with adult help.
At 12-16 months a baby can sit without support, may carry a book, can hold a book with help, and turn pages of a board book, several at a time.
At 18-24 months, a baby can turn pages of a board book, one page at a time, and can carry a book around the house.
At 24-36 months, a toddler learns to handle paper pages, and goes back and forth in books to find her favorite pictures.
At ages 3 years and up, a child exhibits competent book handling and can turn paper pages, one page at a time.