The first installment of “Once upon a time” expanded upon the benefits of reading to young children, which is always quite fun, and a great opportunity to bond. Now, how can parents continue this practice into the grades?
First, don’t stop! After prekindergarten, track your child’s developmental progress in reading. The teacher is best equipped to provide you with this needed information. If in kindergarten you hear that “Johnny” or “Suzie” is an emerging reader, then continue to lead the process and let them read to you when it is comfortable for them to do so. Don’t press. Learning to read is a process, not a race!
There will come a time, usually about this time of the year in kindergarten, when children can read at some level to you. Give them the opportunity, and revel in it! As they develop further into first and second grade, let them read longer and more complex material to you, but never stop reading to them. Depending on level and attention span, this is a good time to start chapter books. Your faculty will have many recommendations. And, just because it is winter, doesn’t mean that the Summer Reading List is useless. Dig it up and refer to it. And, should we say again…don’t stop reading to them!
Now, what happens when your child no longer finds your lap a comfortable place to be, and views your reading to them as something for babies! That is for the next installment of “Once upon a time...”