Helping Your Child Read Ages 4 and 5

  • Help your child hear and say the first sound in words (like “c” in cat) and point out when different words start with the same sound (like “cat” and “coat”).
  • Point out words that rhyme.
  • Introduce new words to your child.
  • Talk with your child about the letters of the alphabet and notice them in books.
  • Point out signs and labels that have letters, like street signs.
  • Let your child pick out books to read and encourage them to find the joy in reading.
  • When reading together, let your child pretend to read parts of a book.
  • Talk to your child about the stories and try to make connections to things that happen in our own lives.
  • Ask “what,” “when,” and “how” questions when reading to help them follow along and understand the story.