When parents ask me how they can best help their child succeed in Kindergarten, my reply is always the same, "Cuddle up and read".
Often parents push a little further asking for "real homework like flashcards, games, or worksheets" to help their child learn to read. Again, my response, "Cuddle up and read".
I truly believe reading daily with your child is one of the best ways to help them learn how to read. It is also a really great way to slow down and connect with your child. You can never start too early (board boards are my go to baby shower gift) and once they start reading is no reason to stop.
My children and I love this special time together each night.
This is what I read last night with my soon to be 4 year old:
And here's what I read with my soon to be 4th grader:
Reading with your children promotes many reading skills such as fluency, vocabulary building, comprehension, listening, but ABOVE ALL it gives them a relaxed, fun way to fall in love with books and reading.
Looking for a great list of books to get started?
Children's Book Guide has put together a list of the top 100 children's books of all time.