#2 Notice Words

E N A B L E your child to read.

E stands for Enjoy books
N stands for Notice Words

stop_signNotice words while driving or riding in a bus.

Teach your child how a STOP sign looks, and look for it around town.

Your child will begin to understand that the letters on a page or a sign stand for words.

When you read a book frequently, and your child knows many of the words by heart, put your finger under the words as you read.


#1 Enjoy books

My previous post spoke of 6 skills to ENABLE your child to read.

The first skill is to Enjoy booksWe-Love-Reading
I hope you love to read to children.
I hope you use lots of expressions in your voice.
I hope you take time with the pictures.
Your excitement is contagious.

Take your child many places.  It’s easier to listen to a book about animals if you have been around animals.

Come to storytime at the Chelmsford Library.

If you live in Chelmsford, we have a storytime program on Chelmsford Telemedia every evening at 7pm.  It is on Comcast 22 or Verizon 36.

See you soon.  ~Maureen


6 Skills that will ENABLE your child to read

I love acronyms.   I like making them up just for fun.


ENABLE is an acronym to help remember there are 6 skills that will help your child learn to read.

Enjoy books.
Notice that letters on the pages stand for words.
Apply sounds to letters
Blend sounds together to make words.
Learn more and more words.
Encourage questions.

We have index cards at the library to remind you of these 6 skills.  It’s a library, so we want everyone to Enjoy Books, of course.  Books are free to borrow for 3 weeks at a time.  Come on in and browse, or ask us about borrowing ebooks.


The joy of reading

Reading222Learning to read can be very difficult for a child.  Children need to learn letters – both upper and lower case.  They need to learn the sound(s) a letter makes.  They need to blend those sounds together, and they need to blend the words into sentences.  Motivation really helps!

It is a child’s interest and enjoyment of books that provides most of the motivation. When children hear many stories, are encouraged to make up stories, and want to listen to favorite stories over and over, they will want to read all by themselves.

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Did you know that Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman has very easy vocabulary even though it is 64 pages long? It is certainly one of my favorite books.  I love the dogs, the colors, the opposites, the cars and the party hat!  Give it a try.  ~Maureen

Reading and Rhythm

Singing222In storytime at the MacKay branch this week, we played a game in which we recited each other’s names while clapping on each syllable. My name is Amy; it has two syllables, so we clapped twice while we said it. A name like Mike has just one syllable (one clap), while a name like Caroline gets a whopping three claps!

Learning to break words into their component parts is one of the foundations of early literacy. By dividing their names into distinct syllables, children begin to think about how language is made up of smaller sounds (and by extension, words are made up of individual letters). We can make this kind of activity more fun by adding rhythm elements like clapping, drumming, and stomping feet.

You may find that you’re already doing this without even thinking about it. Nursery rhymes, poetry, and music are all common examples of language that has been set to a structured rhythm. So keep singing with your child and building those pre-literacy skills!