Read to Your Little Bear
Read to your little bear often
It's twenty minutes of fun.
It's twenty minutes of moonlight,
And twenty minutes of sun.
Twenty old-favorite minutes,
Twenty minutes brand-new,
Read to your little bear often,
Your little bear will read to you.
Adapted from poem by Rosemary Wells
Tips for Encouraging Pre-Readers...
Stick labels on objects in your home, such as the table or a toothbrush. Collect the
labels and have your child put them back on the correct items.
Play with words. Separate the sounds in words (m-u-d). Note how some words begin with the
same sound ("dog" "dark")
Make up silly words/phrases -- rhyming words are great for this! (The funny bunny hopped
on a zunny lunny!)
During the year we will explore letters, sounds, numbers, books and all kinds
of things in the world around us. Our environment is rich in print and numbers...take advantage of little moments
where you can have your child practice letter/number recognition or even simple words while at the grocery
store, or by looking at road signs while driving, etc.
Bedtime Stories Boost
When you snuggle with your child and read him/her stories,
you stimulate all of the senses at once, making the experience pleasurable and creating positive associations with reading.
Start with short reading sessions and increase their length as his/her attention span grows. When you point to words
in the text with your finger as you read, you are helping to train your child's eyes to automatically follow words and symbols
from left to right. [Source: Scholastic Parent & Child, April/May 2001]