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Ready to Read

The following ideas are adapted from the U.S. Department of Education booklet, "Helping Your Child Become a Reader."
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  • Paper
  • Pencils, crayons, or markers
  • Blank notebook or scrapbook
  • Glue
  • Family photos or child's blunt-tip safety scissors and old magazines


  • Use paper and pencils, crayons, or markers to make an alphabet poster with your child.
  • Label the things drawn in your child’s pictures. If your child draws a picture of a house, label it “house” and display the picture on the refrigerator.
  • Have your child watch you write when you make shopping or to-do lists.
  • Say the words out loud as you write them and carefully print each letter.
  • Encourage your child to make lists, too. Help her form the letters and spell the words.
  • Make a travel journal with your child.
  • Each evening, write in a blank notebook or scrapbook about the day’s special events.
  • Later, glue in family photos or pictures cut from magazines that depict the events.
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