Checklists for Parents of -Preschoolers
I help my child hear and say the first sound in words.
I help my child hear words that rhyme.
I introduce new words to my child, like "bow" and "stern," which mean the front and the back of a boat.
I talk with my child about the letters of the alphabet and notice them in books.
I point out signs and labels that have letters, like street signs and foods in the grocery store.
I encourage my child to find the joy and fun in reading. Usually, I let my child choose the books we read I let my child pretend to read parts of the book when we read together.
I talk with my child about stories and make connections to things that happen in our own lives.
I ask "what," "where," and "how" questions when I read with my child to help him or her follow along and understand the stories.
I help my child write notes or make books, even if his or her writing only looks like scribbles or marks.Kindergartners
My child listens carefully to books read aloud.
My child knows the shapes and names for the letters of the alphabet and writes uppercase and lowercase letters on his or her own.
My child knows that spoken words are made of separate sounds.
My child recognizes and makes rhymes, can tell when words begin with the same sound, and can put together, or blend, spoken sounds.
My child can sound out some words.
My child knows many common words such as a, the, I, and you, on sight.
My child knows how to hold a book, and follows print from left to right and from top to bottom of a page when she or he is read to.
My child knows the parts of a book and understands that authors write words and text and illustrators create pictures.
My child writes his or her own first and last name.
My child uses what he or she knows about letters and sounds to write words and sentences.
My child writes some letters and words as they are said to her or him, and begins to spell some words correctly.
My child predicts what will happen in a story and retells or acts out stories.