#5 and #6 tips to ENABLE your child to read

#5  Learn Words  stop_sign

Help your child learn new words every day.  We build a baby’s vocabulary by saying the names of everyday objects.  Once a child begins to talk, we teach the names of animals and what they say; we teach colors, etc.  The more we speak with children, the more words they will learn.

Talk to your child about many things.  Ask many questions.

question#6 Encourage Questions

Help your child ask and answer questions.  Take guesses about what will happen next.  Was that character serious or just kidding?  Make up a similar story that has a different beginning, middle or end.

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 do these things already.  It’s great to pause and think about the importance of all the small things in life.  And to realize how awesome are the results of all these little things…


#4 Blend Sounds

E N A B L E your child to read  Hickory-Dickory-Dock

E stands for Enjoy books
N stands for Notice words
A stands for Apply sounds

B stands for Blend sounds

Help your child hear sounds that blend to make words.

Use nursery rhymes and finger plays to introduce speech sounds.

Pronounce words emphasizing all the small sounds that blend together.

Ask what word rhymes with Cat.  And then ask what else rhymes with Cat.


#3 Apply Sounds

E N A B L E your child to read

E stands for Enjoy books
N stands for Notice Words
A stands for Apply Sounds

Singing222Sing the Alphabet song slowly, pronouncing each letter.

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Teach your child the sounds the letters make.

Alphabet books help identify the shapes of letters.  These picture books have an ABC sticker on the spine to make them easy to find.


Picture dictionaries have many words for each letter.  Image of item

#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