How to Prepare a Child to Read

Laurie Danahy, early childhood education-Oregon prekindergarten specialist at the Oregon Department of Education:

The key to laying a good foundation for literacy is providing everyday activities — backyard play, an outing to a neighborhood park, a library storytime — accompanied with lots of language, says Danahy. “It’s really important for parents and caregivers to talk with their kids”

“One of the great things about reading to kids is it provides a lot of rich vocabulary, and often in a style that kids aren’t accustomed to,” Danahy says. “It helps them become familiar with a little more formal language — that’s very helpful when they learn to read.”

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