There are 7 skills children need before they can begin ‘real’ reading. It is often called the pre-reading stage or sometimes it is bundled together to be named Concepts of Print.
1. Direction. Does your child know where to begin reading from and which direction to go?
3. Letter/Sounds. Children do not need to know all 26 letters or the 44 sounds they make. Are they able to point to a letter rather than a shape or a squiggle?
4. Matching. Children learn to read by matching shapes, lines, patterns and letters. This helps children learn sight words by matching letter combinations to make words.
5. Rhyming. Lots of children’s books include rhyme as it is an important skill for children to learn, not only in reading but it is also important for spelling.
6. Writing letters. Giving children an opportunity to practise writing letters and reading letters this will help their understanding of text.
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