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In the preschool years your child is almost ready to read.    Continue to read aloud from favorite books and introduce new books. Print is all around us so encourage your preschooler to notice print - the letters on signs for example. Give them regular opportunities to experiment with early writing. Your child will learn valuable information about print and how it works – that words are made up of letters and they have names and sounds.   You needn’t give your preschooler any formal training- just plenty of fun activities and praise for their early attempts at reading and writing.

  • Read favorite books again and again
  • Read anytime of day
  • Encourage lots of talk; pause to ask questions
  • Let you preschooler finish rhymes or sentences
  • Act out stories or pretend to be the characters

Some favorite books for preschoolers:




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Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
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Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
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Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
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Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
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Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems