Parent Message #9 of 13 from my book, “Make Time for Reading: a story guide for parents of babies and young children” …
Did you know that preschoolers who can distinguish the ‘little’ sounds in words often do better when they learn to read? That’s why rhyming and word play are so important.
But to make these activities also FUN, sit your preschooler in a shopping cart and use the food market as a learning lab! Say egg-plant. Say it again, but don’t say EGG…. Say banana. Say it again, but don’t say BA. Say kiwi. Say it again, but don’t say WI. While you’re at it, you will not only strengthen your child’s pre-reading skills, you will be teaching your child interesting new words.
For more details about word games, search http://www.getreadytoread.org for my 8 minute film, Raising Readers.