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Reading together is the best way to help your child become a strong reader.


Babies can look and point to pictures in books...

Game: Where is it?

Related to: Seeing Words, Read

Babies can look and point to pictures in books...

Retell a favourite story using your child's name...

Game: Shining the Spotlight

Related to: Telling a Story, Read

Retell a favourite story using your child's name...

Pack a blanket, bug spray...

Game: Stories Under the Stars

Related to: Liking Books, Read

Pack a blanket, bug spray...

Make a fort at home using pillows and blankets...

Game: Fun Family Fort Night

Related to: Liking Books, Read

Make a fort at home using pillows and blankets...

Jennifer shows everyone how they hold the “key to the kingdom” with this interactive story.

Story: Key to the Kingdom

Related to: Telling a Story, Read

Jennifer shows everyone how they hold the “key to the kingdom” with this interactive story.

Melissa reads “Picture a Tree” by Barbara Reid.

Story: Picture a Tree

Related to: Liking Books, Read

Melissa reads “Picture a Tree” by Barbara Reid.

Joanne reads “On My Walk” by Kari-Lyn Winters.

Story: On My Walk

Related to: Liking Books, Read

Joanne reads “On My Walk” by Kari-Lyn Winters.

Melanie reads “Without You” by Geneviève Côté.

Story: Without You

Related to: Liking Books, Read

Melanie reads “Without You” by Geneviève Côté.

Ab. reads “It’s a Tiger!” by David LaRochelle

Story: It's a Tiger

Related to: Liking Books, Read

Ab. reads “It’s a Tiger!” by David LaRochelle

reading Tips

  • Read and re-read your child’s favourite books. Your child becomes more familiar with the story, building her understanding and making it easier for her to retell the story.
  • Background knowledge helps children understand what they are reading. Books, songs and rhymes introduce new ideas that build your child’s understanding of the world and add their background knowledge. Books often expose children to experiences outside their familiar environments and have pictures of things they may not see often.
  • Sharing a book is an opportunity to bond with your child and to show him that reading is important. Find a cosy place to ready and, if possible, read with your child in your lap, or sit close and cuddle. Being close makes reading together a warm and happy experience that your child looks forward to.

Six skills that get your child ready for reading

  • Liking Books

    Children who enjoy books will want to learn to read.

  • Hearing words

    Hearing the smaller sounds in words helps children sound out written words.

  • Knowing words

    Knowing many words helps children recognize written words and understand what they read.

  • Telling a story

    Learning to tell a story helps children develop skills in thinking and understanding.

  • Seeing words

    Familiarity with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and reading.

  • Knowing letters

    Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children sound out words.

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