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Getting a child ready to read is important - a gift that lasts a lifetime. Studies show that the most important thing we can do to help our children succeed in school is to prepare them to read …

Getting a child ready to read is important - a gift that lasts a lifetime. Studies show that the most important thing we can do to help our children succeed in school is to prepare them to read BEFORE they start school - here's how.

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  • 1. Ready to Read
    • Early Literacy
    • Give a child a gift that lasts a lifetime
    • Help them get ready to read
  • 2. Brain Research
    • Babies born with one hundred billion neurons
    • Neurons not connected
  • 3. Sensory Experiences
    • Cause connections between neurons
    • Electrical impulses
    • Basis of child’s learning
  • 4. Serotonin
    • Enables & enhances electrical signals
    • Feeling good, love, being cared for produces serotonin
  • 5. Stress & Development
    • High stress increases hormone cortisol
    • Inhibits transmission of serotonin
    • Reduces connections needed for learning
  • 6. Children 3 - 10
    • 3 times the synapses as adults
    • As child grows, fewer synapses, more organized
    • Some kept, some lost
  • 7. Repetition is Key
    • Brain keeps synapses that are used repeatedly
    • Little used synapses pruned away
    • Interactions affect development
    • Affect child for life
  • 8. Respond from Birth
    • Early experiences affects brain development
    • Babies mimic
      • Faces
      • Talk
      • Smile
  • 9. Early Literacy Skills
    • Six skills become building blocks
    • Ready to learn to read
    • “ Head start” in school
  • 10. Print Motivation
    • Excited about, interested in books
    • Enjoys being read to
    • Plays with books
    • Pretends to write
  • 11. Phonological Awareness
    • Plays with sounds in words
    • Hears and manipulates the smaller sounds in words
    • Hears and creates rhymes
  • 12. Narrative Skills
    • Tells stories
    • Describes things
    • Talks about sequence of activities
  • 13. Enriched Vocabulary
    • Learn names of things
    • Reads books, names objects
    • Children enter school with 3,000-5,000 words
  • 14. Print Awareness
    • Notices print everywhere
    • Knows how to handle books
    • Follows words on a page
    • Points to words on page
  • 15. Letter Knowledge
    • Knows differences between letters
    • Knows shapes of letters
    • Knows names & sounds of letters
  • 16. Help Your Child
    • Visit library storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers
    • Talk, sing, tell stories
    • Encourage talking to you
    • Share books, beginning at infancy