Books, Family, Literacy, Preschool, Reading

Reading with Your Preschooler

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As someone who was a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and now mother, I have a LOT to say about reading. But for today, I am just going to focus on the preschool age, specifically ages 3-4.


In the United States, there is increasing pressure to have our children reading earlier and earlier. Not just being read to, looking at books, but actually READING by themselves. As an (older) millennial, I remember attending half day kindergarten, reading aloud, and really beginning the reading process in school in first grade. That has since shifted and students are expected to be reading in kindergarten. Many of our children are ready at this point and there is nothing wrong with that, but pushing our children before they are developmentally prepared can leave them frustrated and with negative attitudes about reading.


Children in the preschool age should be given the freedom to explore books to develop a love of  reading. Here are some simple ways we try to do this at home. And the best part is that the only materials are you, your child, and a book!


  • Leave books in most rooms. Just like toys, books are fun and always leave space for discovery.


  • Let your preschool “read” a book on his own. You do not always need to read it aloud. Let him develop his own concept of a book and a story through the pictures and perhaps even some words.


  • In a book with sparse text, use your finger to track the words. This will help anchor your child’s understanding of how we read left to right and that each word is its own unit. You should not do this with all books and don’t even need to do it on every page.

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Family, Literacy, music

Sing More at Home


adorable asian baby bonnet


Singing to your baby or young child has endless benefits.


Your voice is your child’s favorite. Don’t worry about what you may sound like because to them it is perfection. The soothing effect of your voice can help calm your child down and even help her retain information better. There’s a reason why so many little ones know their letters thanks to the ABC song!


Here are some ways to incorporate more song into your daily routine:

  • Sing familiar nursery rhymes. Try to include some hand and finger motions. Your little one will delight in tracking your movements with her eyes or imitating them herself. I love singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Pat-A-Cake, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and This Little Piggie. Sing your favorites!


  • Make a playlist of songs on your favorite music provider. We’ve discovered my children’s love of Motown and Fleetwood Mac this way using Spotify. You never know what they’ll enjoy!


  • Make up songs ALL DAY LONG. Sing narrate what you are doing – cleaning up, taking a bath, playing, brushing your hair, etc. It doesn’t have to make sense or even sound good. Be silly and have fun!


  • Have a calming car playlist at the ready! Maybe your child is prone to fits in the car or you are preparing for an upcoming road trip. Find music that is soothing and familiar. We used Music Together because my children took classes and loved hearing “their music” in the car.