Beware....this is a long post!
I'm told (studies show) a child is ready to start reading after having approximately 1,000 books read to them. Well, we've far surpassed that! Lallie has been read at least 4,000 books, likely more. Since she turned one year old, we've consistently read three books per night and she LOVES to read as much as we do. Even when she was little, she would take whatever book I was reading, without the pictures, and pretend she was reading herself. She has quite the imagination, making up stories, and and is able to recount stories that have been read to her. Ashleigh is a reader as well and has started Lallie's classic book collection. Every year, on her birthday, Lallie receives a new book, inscribed by Ashleigh (and without cracking the binding, Mommy usually reads the books as a refresher) :-)
Did I mention Lallie is only 4 years old? I know for a fact I didn't even start learning my letters until kindergarten, when I was five years old. I mean, I'm sure my mom and dad worked with me before then knowing the type of parents they are and I know Husband's parents did as well (his mom was a teacher). And most parents do work on these things well before school. But for the actual education system, it wasn't taught until kindergarten. (We didn't have pre-school, or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten as we call it in Florida, it was more of a daycare). We started the letter people in kindergarten and reading in first grade. In the education system, first graders are now full on reading complicated books at the ages of six years old! It just amazes me how quickly children learn.
Anyways, what are you doing to help your pre-k or kindergarten child learn to read? I'd love to hear your input!!
Happy Friday Y'all!