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Learning to read is hard work for children.
Fortunately, research is now available that suggests how to give each child a good start in reading.
Becoming a reader involves the development of important skills, including learning to:
• use language in conversation
• listen and respond to stories read aloud
• recognize and name the letters of the alphabet
• listen to the sounds of spoken language
• connect sounds to letters to figure out the "code" of reading
• read often so that recognizing words becomes easy and automatic
• learn and use new words
• understand what is read
Preschool and kindergarten teachers set the stage for your child to learn to read with some critical early skills.
First, second, and third grade teachers then take up the task of building the skills that children will use every day for the rest of their lives.
As a parent, you can help by understanding what teachers are teaching and by asking questions about your child's progress and the classroom reading program.