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Day 17: Pretend to Read

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 17…

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.

~ Pretend to Read ~

Ask your child to “read” to you. Encourage them to pretend. Some kids memorize
favorite stories page by page – and can easily retell the story in a way that
seems like they are reading.

Leave books around for your child to look through; ask them to tell you the
story while you’re cooking or doing a chore.

Ask your child to try and read picture instructions or directions such as those
on a cake mix box.

Ask your child what they are reading when you see them looking through a book.

Save your junk mail! Ask your child to try and “read” junk mail based on the
pictures they see in it. Have them tell you what they think it’s about.

By the way, this is a great way to keep little kids busy in the car. Save
unopened junk mail in a bag. When your child starts to get antsy on a car ride –
say, “Mail Call!” Let them pull letters from the bag and open them. Ask them
to try to “read” them to you or tell you what they think it’s about. They can
often figure out quite a bit just by looking at the pictures and illustrations.

For more ideas on developing reading readiness skills visit .

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