Children need to see you reading, too. Provide positive role models, both male and female.


Encourage your child’s first attempts at reading. Be generous with your praise and support. When you show confidence, your child will feel it.


Provide listening opportunities. Give oral instructions for your child to follow. Listen to books on tape and all kinds of music.


Point out traffic signs, billboards and shop names. How many can your child read?


Take your child to the library regularly. Get your child his own library card and let him choose his own books. Participate in children's programs at the library.


PROVIDE WRITING MATERIALS!  Provide some writing materials like paper, pens and pencils and crayons – whatever will invite your child to explore writing at home.


TAKE TURNS!  Be the reader sometimes.  Other times, let your child read aloud to you.  Share the wonderful experience!


WRITE NOTES!  A personal note – just a few words – in a lunch box or under a pillow can be a wonderful surprise.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a response.  Writing doesn’t always have to be BIG.​


SPECIAL PLACE TO READ!  Find a nice, comfortable spot for reading together at home – a comfy coach, under a warm blanket, a favourite chair.  Kids love to curl up and read with someone.​


BE A READER YOURSELF!    Let your child see you reading a favourite magazine or book.  Setting an example is so valuable to creating a love of reading in your child.​


BE A CHEERLEADER!  Encourage and praise your child as he or she reads to you.​


BOOK TALK!  Ask your child about the books they are reading at home or at school.  Be an eager listener!​


FINDING BOOKS!  Ask your child about their interests.  If you child likes animals, find books on animals.  If your child likes sports, find books or magazines about sports.​


PRAISE WRITING EFFORTS!  Focus on the message of your child’s writing instead of spelling or adding periods.  Make sure you respond to the writing, sometimes by writing back or by putting the writing up where others can see it.​


WRITING AT HOME!  Look for ways for your child to write at home, like helping with the grocery list, writing a letter to a family member or writing a reminder for someone.​


FRIDGE SPELLING!  Leave magnetic letters on the fridge.  Everyone likes using these to make words and leave messages (you can find magnetic letters at the Dollar store)!​


TYPING!  If you have a computer, allow your child to try writing using the word processor.​


STORY TELLING!  Tell your child stories and invite him or her to tell you a story.​


VISIT THE LIBRARY!  Go to the library with your child to choose a book.  ​


ENCOURAGE READING!  Encourage your child to read to a younger child.​


LISTENING TO READING:  If you have internet access, then you can find Tumblebooks free online. Tumblebooks are books that you and your child can view and listen to together. The best way to find them for free is to use a search engine like You type in “tumblebooks – free”. You will get a list of different sites that you can access for Tumblebooks.​


WORD HUNT!  Ask your child to pick out familiar words on different items in the house (food items, newspapers, magazines, etc.) and get them to make a sentence with it or tell you what the word means.​


RYHME TIME!  Get your child to create rhyming words (For example; say “light”, then see how many rhyming words your child can name. Rhyming words belong to the same word family. Word families help our reading.​


MORE WORD HUNTING!  See if your child can point out any familiar words when you are out and about. You can also encourage them to try and read any signs that you see.​


SPELLING PRACTICE:  Get your child to practice their spelling and sight words by cutting out letters from magazines or newspapers to create words.​


Math Games!   Play card games and board games including Dominoes, Concentration, Monopoly, Yahtzee, chess and other games that are mathematical and involve counting or require your child to keep score.


Measuring!   Cooking is a great activity to do with your child. Have your child help measure ingredients when baking or cooking.


Calendars!   Find a calendar. Talk about days of the week and months of the year. Locate special days on a calendar. Talk about celebrations and holidays that have the same date each year. Ask how many days until …..? Nanny’s birthday is in five days. What is the date? What day of the week will it be?


Practise “skip counting” (e.g., by 2s, 5s, 10s, etc.) when counting crackers, Smarties, Pokemon cards and money.


Play ‘I Spy’ and look for different geometric shapes around your house.

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