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Introducing the Early Excellence Project: Literacy Lessons for Little Learners

The Early Excellence Project is excited to launch a monthly blog series where we share lessons to help guide you through the exciting journey of introducing your child to the world of books and teaching your child how to read. If you ever searched on Google: how to teach my child to read,  how to make reading fun for my kid, or how to help my child learn to read, then you are in the right place!  Our approach is simple and fun, tailored to help you foster a love of reading in your little learner. Before you get started, consider these tips for inspiring a love of reading in your little learner! 

Dad reading to two children in front of a window in a colorful room

Tip 1: Explore the Book

The first tip seems really simple but is often overlooked. As you start on your journey of helping your child fall in love with reading and teaching your child how to read, begin by showing your child a book. Let them feel the cover, turn the pages, and look at the pictures. Explain the parts of the book: the front cover, back cover, and spine. Make the experience interactive by asking your child to point to each part as you name it.

Tip 2: Inspire Storytelling

The next tip is to introduce your child to the creators of the book, the author and the illustrator. Use your favorite book as an example, and explain how the author writes the story and the illustrator creates the pictures. Encourage your child to imagine creating their own story or drawings. Help your child envision themself as storyteller by encouraging them to take on the role of an author or illustrator. Even if they are just scribbling on paper, inspiring a love for storytelling will serve them well in their journey to developing a love for reading. 

Tip 3: Create a Fun Space to Read

This next tip is another simple one, that makes a huge impact on your learning to read journey with your little learner. Try setting up a cozy reading space together. It can be a corner of the living room with cushions or a special chair. The key is to make it inviting and comfortable, a place where your child looks forward to spending time with books. 

Tip 4: Engage in the Story

Choose a book together. Use funny voices for different characters to make the story come alive. Ask your child questions about the story as you read, and let them turn the pages. This engagement turns reading into a playful and interactive experience. Act it out and get silly to create a real love for reading for your child. 

Tip 5: Review What you Read

Here is another tip that you probably already do,  after reading, discuss the story. Ask questions like: who are the characters in the story, what happened in the story, and what was your favorite part of the story. Encourage your child to imagine a different ending to the story. This conversation deepens their understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Black mom reading to her son sitting on the floor

We hope you found these tips helpful as you navigate the journey of introducing your child to the wonderful world of reading and work to teach them how to read. Join us each month for more tips on turning reading into a joyful and enriching experience for your child. Together, let's ignite a passion for reading in our littlest learners!

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