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Touch and Go. Get your baby comfortable with kids books by having him turn pages, make sound effects and point out and later identify objects that he recognizes.

Make it a Family Affair. Give story time a boost by getting your other children involved. Whenever possible, have the older siblings read to younger ones. Even if your older child can not sound out words by herself just yet, she will still enjoy telling familiar tales to her baby sister or brother. You can also enlist far flung grandparents to read a storybook to your little one by way of Skype or FaceTime.

Get Toddlers Hooked on Books. Incorporate reading into your daily routine. Let your child bring waterproof books into the tub. Have her help you carry in the mail, then look at catalogs together. If you are cooking with kids, read recipes out loud. Encourage your active toddler to act out scenes from the story you are reading. You can even record the antics for future viewing and some laughs.

Play Reading Games. Show your preschooler that words are everywhere. Point out street signs, the names on cereal boxes, labels on toy bins. When you read with him, let him take the lead, especially if it is a story he knows well. Or you can take turns reading to one another. If your child is ready, help him to write his own tale. Have him draw pictures in a bland book and dictate the story for you to write down.

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Children should know that just guessing based on pictures or just on letters will not get them very far, but the two together are a powerful team. The child who sees the word raccoon and says all the letters and then glances at the picture may indeed see a picture of a raccoon. The picture, along with saying the letters out loud, will often allow your child to decode the word. So, once your child has said all the letters aloud, cue him/her by saying something like,  “Will the picture help?” “What is that animal called?” If the child gets the word correct now, cheer! If not, proceed to step three. Did you miss put your finger on the word?

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Word Coaching Steps For Parents

I don’t know that word.

It is very important here that children are saying the letters – not sounding out the word by saying individual sounds. English is not a sound-it-out-letter-by-letter language and the struggling readers are the ones who try to do it letter by letter. We want them to say all the letters so that we know that they have indeed looked at them all in the right order and having them say them is the only way to know for sure. We also want them to say the letters because there is strong evidence that retrieval from your brain’s memory store is auditory. If you are just looking at letters and searching in your brain for that word or a rhyming word, it is apt to be harder to find than if you say the letters out loud so your brain can “hear” them. When your child says all the letters and then successfully pronounces the word, cheer! “See it was there. You just had to say it so that your brain could find it!” 1/3 to 2/3 of the time, children will get the word at this stage. If not, proceed to step two. Check out the beginning post of Word Coaching Steps For Parents.

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Word Coaching Steps For Parents

I don’t know that word.