10 Reading Readiness Skills for Kindergarten Kids (page 2)

10 Reading Readiness Skills for Kindergarten Kids

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Updated on Jan 5, 2011

From there it's all a matter of reading as much as possible. So be sure to encourage your child to practice, practice, practice. Keep lots of books around and offer plenty of encouragement. Skill-building in preparation for your child’s first year of formal schooling is important, but it's even more important to foster a love for reading. By all means, play rhyming games with your child. Ask him to re-tell a story after you read it together. Practice reading words around the neighborhood, like stop signs, or logos. But if your little one experiences frustration, take a break, or rework your plan in order to get her buy-in. 

Most of all, keep in mind that kindergarten-age kids are going through huge developmental changes. While some reading skills may seem impossible for your child to grasp one day, he may have them down pat the next. Therein lays the beauty of kindergarten!

So keep the pressure low, and the book list heavy. “If a parent loves reading and reads to their child, the child is likely to assimilate that behavior,” says Morrow. She suggests getting into a reading schedule—setting a specific time each day for reading, and talking afterward about what you’ve read together. The leap in reading from pre-kindergarten to first-grade-ready is huge. But keep those books in hand, and have confidence that your little reader will progress steadily as he builds his skills, one on top of the other.

Check out's kindergarten activities page for tons of ideas on how to work skill-building into playful activities. The more fun you make things, the more eager she'll be to participate.

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