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Ready to Read!

Five skills that contribute to early reading success

1. Talking

  • Point out the names of things
  • Tell stories
  • Describe daily action
  • Speak in parent-ese
  • Look for books with loads of vocabulary words to share

2. Singing

  • Share nursery rhymes
  • Sing your way through daily activities
  • Play with rhyme
  • Sing lots of different songs to your child
  • Look for books that can be sung

3. Reading

  • Make book sharing part of daily routine
  • Talk about the pictures in books
  • Read with enthusiasm
  • Re-read books your child loves... over and over and over
  • Pick books you like and books on subjects your child loves

4. Writing

  • Involve your child in writing grocery lists
  • Let your child explore playing with crayons, pencils, pens, and markers
  • Share action rhymes and fingeplays
  • Encourage your child to talk about what she scribbles

5. Playing

  • Imaginative play
  • Big body games and fingerplays
  • Let your kids play with simple toys like blocks and shape sorters
  • Play games with simple rules
  • Look for books having an engagement element

Fingerplays for Pre-Readers

Fingerplays and rhymes are wonderful literacy builders! They encourage conversations, beg to be sung and are built around a love of play. Fingerplays and rhymes are infectious and fun! Enjoy these videos of Washington County librarians demonstrating some of their favorite rhymes.

How do rhymes help build literacy skills?

  1. Rhymes are packed with words we don’t always use during normal day-to-day conversation. They increase your child's vocabulary and help them make predictions about words when they're learning to read.
  2. Rhymes force us to slow down our pronunciation and help us focus on the smaller sounds that make up a word. The ability to recognize these smaller sounds helps children sound out words when they're learning to read.
  3. Rhymes often follow very predictable patterns. Recognizing the patterns in language helps kids build prediction skills they will need to become successful readers.

See rhymes in Spanish! ¡Vea las rimas en español!

Get a Rhyme Booklet

Visit your local Washington County library to pick up a free Fingerplay Fun rhyme booklet and share these rhymes with the children in your life.