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The importance of pre-reading skills

How pre-reading skills can help prepare your child for adulthood

We all know that learning to read is an important skill that young children need to develop, but did you know that reading skills are directly correlated with success as an adult? Developing pre-reading skills improves your child’s phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds within spoken language. Pre-reading skills have a significant impact on a child’s ability to read and understand.

The stronger your phonological learning skills are as you develop – let’s say before Grade 1 – the higher success rate you have to be a strong leader going forward. You can continue developing your phonological awareness skills as you age, and you can certainly remediate for children who do not have strong phonological awareness skills if they’re after age five. But those really critical years are age three to five – their ears are like little sponges.

 So what are some ways you can help develop your child’s pre-reading skills? 

  • Practice singing the alphabet song together.
  • Help your child recognize letters by reading with them often.
  • Show your child the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters using fun games or flashcards.