I love that no matter how crazy or long a day may be, we always end up here. We have ended our days like this since Brayden was a baby. I love this time not only as a mom, but as an SLP. I remember doing research for my thesis in grad school about early literacy skills. The main focus was how important experiences like these are and how parents can implement strategies to help their children to become readers. Although I loved the research that I did back then, it sure is a whole lot more fun to apply the strategies to your own children! It’s even more fun when your kindergartener can read the bedtime stories!
Here are a couple of strategies that you can use during story time
- Focus on the letters and letter sounds. Point out the fact that “cat” rhymes with “hat”. Ask your child what sound the letter “S” makes. Show them that the word “dog” has a letter “d” at the beginning. Building that knowledge of letter-sound correspondence helps immensely with their early literacy skills.
- Track the print while you’re reading the words. Your child will start to see and recognize words, letters and sounds as you read and incorporate some print referencing strategies.
- Ask questions. Make story time a time of conversation. Ask them what they think might happen next in the story. Ask them what they would do if they were the character. Ask them what is happening in the pictures. Storytime is a perfect time to build language skills.
- When reading a book that has repetition like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”, encourage the child to help you “read” along and finish the phrases that they already know in the story. Not only will this help them to recognize words, but it will build their confidence and encourage them to start trying to read on their own.What’s your favorite book at storytime?