Be part of the solution and not part of the problem: Make sure children enter school, ready to be successful learners
In my work in schools all over the country I hear teachers complain that kids are often showing up unfit to learn. Parents need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem by making sure children enter school ready to be successful learners. Reading aloud and talking to children helps them get ready to learn to read and sets the stage for their becoming emergent readers. Vocabulary is the lynchpin to literacy and language learned in conversation is where a child acquires the words needed to learn to read. Children who come to school with well-developed “finding meaning in books” skills are clearly at an advantage. Someone in the home read to the children, answered their questions, and encouraged them to read. Problems with reading are always more difficult to fix—lets work at preventing the problem and make sure children enter school ready to learn to read.