Five skills that contribute to early reading success
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Rhymes often follow very predictable patterns. Recognizing the patterns in language helps kids build prediction skills they will need to become successful readers.
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.