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Helping Your Child Get Ready to Read |
Comment aider avec la lecture

Read to your child everyday in English and/or in French.

  Download this Reading Strategy as a PDF.

Make reading together a special time.
  • Encourage your child to hold the book and turn the pages

Point to the words you are reading. 
  • Follow the print with your finger from left to right

Listen to your child retell the story in his/her own words.

Choose books that are repetitive and full of rhyme so your child can join in the reading. 
  • An important part of reading is to read favourite books again and again

Encourage your child to tell the story from the pictures. 
  • Ask your child what he/she thinks will happen next

Put magnetic letters on your fridge.
  • Encourage your child to talk about letters and make words

Talk to your child. 
  • Tell stories about your family
  • Ask questions
  • Discuss the day over dinner

Make sure your child has a comfortable, inviting spot to read or study.

Set limits on TV viewing and computer use. 
  • Talk about the written words you see in the world around you

Point out print everywhere. 
  • Read signs and labels

Continue reading to or with your child once he/she can read. 
  • It is a great way to spend some time together