Dear Preschool Parents,
Recently I attended an In-service presentation featuring Gary
Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org on ‘Turning Kids Into Readers’. I suspect many of
you already read at least 15-20 minutes everyday to your preschooler. That
is the foundation. Gary suggests that you don’t stop!
Learning to read well is hard and schools can teach children to read,
but to become a great reader, most of a child’s reading should be done
outside of school especially after they can begin to read it themselves (right
through all of elementary school).
Gary outlines 5 steps:
1. make it easy to read (limit screen time) & have a wide variety of
2. give them ‘good’ choices/’bad’ choices i.e. want to stay up with me &
read? Or just go to sleep?
3. blur the line between loving the reader and loving to read
4. stop reading before the child is ready (read no more then 10 minutes)
…never stop at end of chapter, but at a cliffhanger
5. make it easy to read (books in the car, on the breakfast table, in the
I wish I knew this when my children were in elementary school.
Doing this with your 3rd grader is the important part.
Interested in more? Contact Gary at address above.
Don’t forget to wear your Rivendell T-shirt to the Barnes & Noble night…
Tonight at 6:30.
Mary & the early childhood team