Age-appropriate ways to prepare your young child to read later:
Develop gross and fine motor skills. Develop vocabulary by conversing with your child and gaining general knowledge. Read aloud to your child, tracking words with your finger.
Play phonemic awareness games:
1. Rhythm, Rhyme, and Alliteration
(read predictable books, recite nursery rhymes, play with words)
2. Parts of a Word (parent says sounds; child blends into a word)
3. Sequence of Sound (identify beginning sound of words, sort items
according to beginning sounds; later identify ending sound, then
middle sound in oral words)
4. Separation of Sounds
(count sounds in a word; segment words into individual sounds)
5. Manipulation of Sounds: oral games like: say meat without the /m/.