Pre-reading skills

Encourage Learning with Wordless Picture Books

 

Parents often ask me what they can do to support language development.  Of course, my immediate response is that they should read with their child.  It does not matter if your child is an infant or a student in elementary school; they will greatly benefit from this one on one time.

The next thing that I recommend are wordless picture books. I understand that this idea may seem strange to you.  So, I would like to explain why. Words are not the only way in which we communicate.  Our world is filled with visual images and the ability to understand and communicate using a visual medium is an important pre-reading skill.  

What Does McDonalds Have To Do With Reading?

So, what does "the golden aches" have to do with reading? Actually, very little.  However, if your child see a McDonalds business logo then promptly announces that they want McDonalds, it’s time to celebrate!  This action may seem insignificant but it is not.  Consequentially, when a child is able to show an awareness between a symbol and its meaning, they have taken a huge step towards learning to read.

Bubbles, Babies and Literacy

During each Infant Lapsit program, I like to provide an opportunity for the children to play with bubbles.  So, you might wonder how bubbles are related to a literacy program.  Everyone knows that children enjoy this activity; however, there really is more thought behind my choice. 

According to the American Optometric Association, “Reading requires the integration of a number of different vision skills: visual acuity, visual fixation, accommodation, binocular fusion, convergence, field of vision, and form perception." 

Playing with bubbles provides children with the opportunity to develop and refine several skills needed to be a successful future reader. 

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