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Day 16: Understanding Left to Right Progression

Continuing with our 2010 goal to provide you with 365 days of learning activities from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for, here is the post for Day 16…

Remember, these are learning activities that should only be done if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn.

~ Understanding Left to Right Progression ~

One reading “readiness skill” is understanding that English text is written and read from left to right. (If you want to know why, you’ll find an interesting explanation on the Social Studies for Kids website.)

Here are some tips for helping your child understand and use Left-To-Right Progression:

  • Explain that we read from left to right and show your child the direction from left to right.
  • Use your finger to follow along as you read from left to right.
  • After you’ve read to your child for a while, ask your child where to begin reading and which way to go.

If you want some ideas for teaching your child how to tell the difference between left and right, you’ll find some free activities at

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