You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be–
I had a Mother who read to me.
The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillian
I adore reading! I could read all day long! When I go on vacation I take a couple books because I enjoy it so much. I know this is not the case with everyone and I’m sad that people miss out on the enjoyment and adventure a great book can read. As a teacher I have met kids on every part of the reading enjoyment spectrum. I have found that the kids who really enjoy reading gained that love from an early age. They say that children become readers on the laps of their parents.
Before children learn to read, there are a few things they need to establish. We talked about playing with sounds and how that ties into reading before. Today I want to write about concepts of print. Essentially, this is understanding the elements of a book. When a child understands the basic elements or reading, then taking the next step (becoming a reader themselves) is easy and natural. Here are some of these concepts (which can easily be learned when you read to your child regularly):
- You open books on the right side
- Where the front and back cover are
- On each page words go left to right, top to bottom
- The pictures and words on a page to together
- The title is on the front cover and the title page
- Where to begin reading in a book
- That words are groups of letters with spaces separating them
- Being able to show the first and last pages, pictures, words on a page, etc.
- Understand that you turn pages while reading and that the story continues on the next page.
Here is an assessment you can look over and use with your child if you are interested.
If you make it a habit of reading to your child regularly, these will come along incredibly naturally! Happy reading.