Did you know that pretending to read is an important step in learning to read?
- It exercises the skill of recall when a child tells the order of or remembers a story that's been read to them.
- It builds language and critical thinking skills when they use pictures as a guide to guess what's happening, or why something is happening in a story.
- The "act" of reading is a great confidence builder in the process of learning to decipher words because...
I've seen children as young as one, flipping pages in a book while talking and babbling to themselves, to dolls, or to stuffed animals. I've seen preschoolers and kindergartners who love to play "teacher," and will pretend to read to their classmates and siblings. Babies can even benefit from this literacy play.
And when my four-year-old gets the chance to hold the baby, I've noticed a good opportunity to read to them both. Then I encourage him to read to the baby. My four-year-old prefers to use simple picture books or stories that he knows well because we've read them so many times. Either way, as you can see, they both enjoy a good story!
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