Ready for Reading: Knowing Letters

Narrator: I know letters. Knowing the names
and sounds of letters helps children to sound out words. You can begin having fun with letters
by talking about the sounds they make. Father: Ba. Baby. What are you looking at
over there? Are you looking at the “window”? Do you know what sound “window” starts with?
Wa. Window. Hmm let’s see what else. Narrator: Keep going. Point to and say the
names of everything in your home. Not only are you teaching letter sounds, but you are
teaching baby the meaning of many words. Mother: What do you see? Do you see a bus
over there? Can you look at the bus? What does bus start with? Ba. Narrator: You can continue this game using
the names of things you see around you, or ever people’s names. Pointing out the shapes
of things all around will help children eventually see the different shapes that letters have.
The possibilities are endless. Mother: Okay, so let’s see if we can find
some capital Ls in this magazine; I know that’s your favourite letter. And remember L goes
down and over like that. Oh, here’s one capital L, there’s another one up here. Let’s see
if there’s any over here. Oh, there’s one right there. And there’s one more capital
L. Narrator: This activity helps a child learn
the shapes of letters. You can help your child begin to print letters and numbers on paper.
Keep scrap paper and crayons or pencils ready for practising. Even scribbling and drawing
help children get ready for reading and writing. More fun and easy ideas like these can be
found in Toronto Public Library’s ‘Lets Get Ready for Reading guide.’ The library welcomes
everyone to library story time programs. And remember, at the library there’s always someone
ready to help. If you would like help with your own reading skills, contact the Adult
Literacy Program at the Toronto Public Library. Call us at 416-395-5555.

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