Reading to preschoolers-What can you do with three and four years olds
In the pre-school years, your child is a learning machine. Usually, the most effective reading program is simply created by example – finding ways to show your child that reading is fun. Show them that you enjoy reading.
Let them see you read, comment aloud about interesting facts you uncover; show the value of reading directions, recipes, how-to materials; share the pleasure of relaxing with a magazine or novel; be expressive. Remember that children at this age love to imitate their parents. Give them lots to imitate.
This is also an excellent age for your child to learn to know more about books, to learn to enjoy and love books and to learn about language.
This is the best time to introduce and emphasize the very important message that a story is about something, that it has meaning. Help your child discover that we find meaning by reading words.