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Tip 1 - Take time out to tell stories and enrich your child - Oral storytelling is the foundation for reading

Oral language is the foundation for reading. Listening and speaking are a child's first introduction to language. Talking and singing teach your child the sounds of language, making it easier for him or her to learn how to read.


Here are some things you can do to help your child build an appreciation for words and language:


  • Tell family stories about yourself, your child's grandparents, and other relatives 
  • Talk to your child as much as possible about things you are doing and thinking 
  • Ask your child lots of questions about their day and experiences
  • Encourage your child to tell you what he or she thinks or feels
  • Ask your child to tell you about his or her day – about activities and games played 
  • Be patient! Give your child time to find the words he or she wants to use
  • Sing songs, such as the alphabet song, and recite nursery rhymes, encouraging your child to join in
  • Play rhyming and riddle games