I do not hesitate to invest when it comes to developing reading skills for my preschooler. My efforts have paid off since my little boy LOVES reading and is well on his way to identifying sight words.
Here are some of the things that worked for us:
- Establish a "reading routine" - We began by reading regularly at bedtime and slowly branched out to reading several times in a day.
- Read aloud and with your child - Tone moderation and use of animated voice can make reading time extremely stimulating for children. It also helps identify with the feelings conveyed in the passage being read.
- Lead by example - Let your child see you read for yourself. When I finish reading for my son, I tell him that Mommy is going to read her own book before sleeping.
- Use a variety of books - My son loves books about vehicles. But I make it a point to read his choice first followed by classics and other faith, value based books.
If I have to pick the one of the best "reading aid" I have used with my son, it would be the Hallmark's Interactive Storybooks. I had the privilege to review two other interactive buddies and they were a hit.
This time, we got to befriend a buddy named "Nugget". My son calls him his "reading buddy". When you read certain words loudly, Nugget responds. Jingle the Husky Pup was our very first bud and by now we know how these buddies respond. They are great to make reading time fun and for naps my little one grabs Nugget for some story time.
The Interactive Story Book package comes with a buddy and a book. You can also pick up 2 extra books . I am so glad that the "Nugget's First Day at School" book is included with the package. We plan to read it many times to prepare him for school.
Disclosure: I received a sample for review purpose only. No monetary compensation was received. The above post reflects my personal opinion.