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5 Tips for Reading Aloud with Young Children

You may have heard by now that the early years are learning years! Make the most of the moments you spend reading with the littles ones in your life thanks to these tips from Prekindergarten Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy.  

5 Tips for Reading Aloud with Young Children

As you read aloud with young learners, draw attention to print in the book by doing one or all of the following while you read together:

  • running finger under words
  • noting specific features of print and letters  (e.g., “that is the letter D like Deondre’s name”)
  • asking children where to start reading
  • counting words
  • pointing out print within pictures

Great books for drawing attention to print with in pictures are Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs? series. The illustrations have hidden names of dinosaurs to find on each page and you might even count how many dinosaur words you find! For more information on reading with young children, visit Prekindergarten Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy website or the Talking is Teaching page on Great Start Collaborative Wayne’s website. Read aloud and read often!