Your 4 year old nowBefore children start reading, they master certain pre reading skills. Be sure your child’s world is nudging him in the right direction:Create a word rich environment. This is good prep since reading also involves matching shapes, letters, and words. Of course, before a child can read, he needs to know his letters and their sounds. But more important, he needs to connect the idea that letters match sounds. At this age, you don’t need to hammer the fact that the letter h sounds a certain way. Instead, sing rhymes together when you walk, make up your own rhyming songs, or concoct silly nicknames like Hopalong Holliday. It doesn’t matter if they’re nonsense. What matters is that your child is manipulating sounds. Quick Clicks
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