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Miss Soto's Literacy Legacy
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Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Play with letters, words, and sounds!  Having fun with language helps your child learn to crack the code of reading.  The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.  Try a new tip each week.  See what works best for your child!

•      Talk to your child.  Ask your child to talk about his/her day at school.  Encourage him/her to explain something he/she did, or a  game     he/she played during recess.
•      Say silly tongue twisters.  Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters.  These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.
•      Read it and experience it.  Connect what your child reads with what happens in life.  If reading a book about animals, relate it to your last trip to the zoo.
•      Use your child’s name.  Point out the link between letters and sounds.  Say, “John, the word jump begins with the same sound as your name.  John, jump.  And they both begin with the same letter, j.”
•      Play with puppets.  Play language games with puppets.   Have the puppet say, “My name is Mark.  I like words that rhyme with my name.  Does park rhyme with Mark?  Does ball rhyme with Mark?
•      Trace and say letters.  Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter’s sound.  Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar or salt.
•      Write it down.  Have paper and pencils available for your child to use for writing.  Working together, write a sentence or two about something special.  Encourage your child to use the letters and sounds he or she is learning about in school.
•      Play sound games.  Practice blending sounds into words.  Ask “Can you guess what word this is?  m-o-p.”  Hold each sound longer than normal.
•      Read it again and again.  Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time!  As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.
•      Talk about letters and sounds.  Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make.  Turn it into a game!  “I’m thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmmmmm.”


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