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Ten Fun and Easy Ways to Include Reading Every Day Ingrid Haynes-Mays, Ph.D. & Delilah Ann Davis, M.Ed.
Category: Education Ingrid Haynes-Mays is currently the Director of NCATE for Texas Southern University and the President elect of the National Literacy Professional Development Consortium. Dr. Haynes-Mays received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL for the University of Mississippi, her Master’s of Education in Reading from Texas Southern University and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas Southern University. Dr. Haynes-Mays' research interests include areas related to literacy and language development. She has presented and published numerous articles on the above topics. She has also authored several books-- A Recipe for Hands-On Activities for teaching Phonemic Awareness in the Primary Grades and 50 Plus Instructional Strategies for Students in Grades 612 .
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Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction, Major (TESOL) Teaching English to Students of Other Languages, University of Mississippi M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specializing in Reading, Texas Southern University B.S. in Education (Elementary/Language Arts), Texas Southern University
Delilah Davis, M.Ed., Director of Early Childhood Studies Lemoyne Owen College Department of Education
Delilah A. Davis is currently the Director of Early Childhood Studies at Lemoyne Owen College. Mrs. Davis earned her Master’s from University of Memphis and is currently completing her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood at the University of Memphis. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Education from University of Tennessee at Martin. Mrs. Davis’s research agenda includes early literacy development and language acquisition. Additionally, Mrs. Davis is a sought after presenter in the area of early childhood literacy development.
hearing repetitive language was important to the future reading success of our children. Educators stay attuned to the latest research on how to help children become more proficient readers. Early Childhood. Every night. we often discuss the times when our children were younger and had a particular book what could not be lost. University of Memphis B. The next . But if a child does not learn to read in the early grades. Read and reread your child’s favorite book. over and over the same book. Moreover. how can parents fit reading into their everyday life? Here are ten easy and fun ways to make reading a part of every day. Now. Rereading the same story allows children to become familiar with the story pattern. in Education Elementary Education. Children are also able to develop print concepts in which the reader models reading left to right. Early Childhood. Read the Comic Section of the Newspaper. in Curriculum and Instruction. The extent of a child’s exposure to reading before the early school years is not only important but also a very critical. This brings us to explore what we have discovered as mothers and educators. Children enjoy listing and sharing familiar stories. it’s bedtime.Ed. 2. After many nights of reading the same book over and over again. Cline and Necochea (2003) explain that storytelling is very effective in developing early literacy skills of children.M. Many of us enjoy reading the morning paper and drinking our coffee. We laugh at our impossible attempts to “lose” a book to prevent having to read it for the zillionth time at bedtime. You will find that they can read the entire book and almost repeat every word on the page. what we know about that experience is language acquisition was being developed as that worn and tattled book received its nightly reading. 1. even when you are tired. or even when your child wants to read the same story over and over again. allow the child to read book.S. vocabulary and the sequence of events that happen within the story. Parents can lead children to the path of early literacy in very creative and in non threatening environments. University of Tennessee at Martin As we reflect on the path of motherhood.what a thought! However. there are few opportunities for them to catch up (Adler & Fisher 2001). Oftentimes children enjoy imitating what they see us doing as parents.
Cooking with Your Child Cooking can also develop your child’s literacy skills. Listening to stories on tape actually builds your child listening comprehension skills. 4. For example. flyers and postcards are very good aids for helping children build their reading skills. 3. Children enjoy cooking and they enjoy you eating their cooking. This includes receiving mail. You and your child can read recipes together. You can play these tapes in the car while taking a trip or allow your child to listen to the take before falling asleep.. 8. Children can also take the pictures from the junk mail and create stories. Flyers and Postcards Junk mail. What better way to . Record Yourself Reading Books on Tape Record yourself reading your child’s favorite book and allow them to play it over and over. while shopping in the grocery store you can ask your child to find objects that begin with certain letters (i. house and grocery store.time you find yourself reading the paper. In order to play the game.give your child the comic strip and allow them to read funny characters. Leave Closed Captioning on While Watching Television Closed captioning on the TV allows the child to see the relationship between spoken and written words.they could hardly control their wiggly bodies. 5. Parents can ask children to hunt for and cycle letters in their name or the parent’s name. Subscribe to Children’s Magazine Young children want to grow up so quickly and do many of the things they see their parents do daily. Which vegetable begins with the letter /b/). Children are able to build a greater understanding of what is spoken can be written in print. read the labels on the ingredients together as well as make family cookbook of favorite recipes. 6. They can also hunt for sight words that they know. you will need some large giant sunglasses. The student would be so excited. You can find these sunglasses at the dollar store or party store. Save Junk Mail. Playing I Spy Playing I Spy with my child and my students in my Kindergarten was a treat. 7.e. Children can I Spy objects in the car.
. action—filled programs with enjoyable characters. Children as young as 3 years old. such as the alphabet song. which is an excellent way continue to motivate and encourage reading. Talking and singing teaches your child the sounds of language. may still have fun using some of the colorful. Cline. 10. &Bredekamp. Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs. M. It paves the way to success in school. a large piece to remember is helping your child learn to read does not start in kindergarten. Early reading programs in high-poverty schools: A case study of beating the odds. C.C. stories about their grandparents and other relatives. which can build self-confidence and motivate your child to set high expectations for life. Talk to Your Child Oral language is the foundation for reading. (2001). Reading with Computers Computers can't replace the reading and writing activities discussed earlier. Listening and speaking are a child’s first introduction to language. Children enjoy listening to stories about yourself when you were a child.encourage reading than through a magazine subscription. Z. making it easier for them to learn how to read. Necochea. Most magazines designed for young children have activities families can do together. & C Fisher. but from birth (Copple. But computers can support what these activities teach your child. & J. S. though they can't read yet. D. My mother never read to me.2009). Even though we have organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children working tireless to promote language and literacy acquisition in early learning settings. The Reading Teacher 54 (6): 61619.. and recite nursery rhymes. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 47 (2): 122-26 Copple. Washington. Sing songs. 9.. Your everyday routine can help build your child’s literacy skills and ultimately help him or her be a successful reader. References Adler. The ability to read is vital. (2003). There is a lot of software that offer activities that can both grab your child's interest and teach good lessons. (2009). encouraging your child to join in.
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