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What reading experts say:
Reading and writing go together. Children learn a lot about reading when they understand that spoken words can be written and read by others. Talk about why it is important to communicate a message through written text.

Model purposeful writing. Let your child see you writing a shopping list, a letter, an email, a reminder note. Learning to write letters and words can help your child begin to make the visual discriminations necessary to learn to read.

What good readers know:
Good readers enjoy using spoken as well as written words to communicate. They enjoy writing their name and making lists using their newfound writing skills. They enjoy writing letters using not only pencils and crayons but also creating them with clay, food, chenille sticks and blocks.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
Write about going to school. Use photos from magazines or drawings to picture what the first day of kindergarten will be like. Write captions. Have your child "read" the story to you. Write a to-do list to prepare for the first day of kindergarten: buy school supplies, write name on supplies, choose what to eat for breakfast, practice saying your address and phone number.
Week 2:
Keep your child busy while you're waiting at a restaurant or in a doctor's office. Pull out some coins. Count them, and sort them by color and size. Play "I Spy" with the coins: "I spy a coin worth 10 cents."
Week 3:
Read five books from the "Writing" booklist.
Week 4:
Visit the Library and sign up for Summer Reading. For details visit the library or the Summer Reading website www.westbloomfieldlibrary.org/summer.

Activities - Writing:
  1. For a fun summer activity, use sidewalk chalk in a new way. Get a small cup of water (you won’t need much). Dip your sidewalk chalk in water before you write on the sidewalk. It's a whole different writing experience. This is a great way for children to explore how different mediums feel as they write.
  2. Let your child’s artwork be a source of pride. Display your child’s work at home and ask for their help in your own everyday writing tasks. Young children love to “sign” their own pictures, so have them write their names on a letter to a relative or friend.
  3. Write a grocery list with your child. Have them pick out three new foods to try (veggies, fruit, and protein are the best options).
  4. Have your child practice writing words around your house. Start with their name because that’s the most personal, then they can write letters, names, and objects around the house. Their name, mom, dad, pet’s name, and sibling’s names are always the most meaningful.

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