|N.A.E.Y.C. Joint Position Statement on Reading
...about reading during the preschool years.
Young children need developmentally appropriate experiences and teaching to support literacy learning.
These include but are not limited to
|Age 3-5 Preschool Reading: What do the Experts Say?
|At age 5, most upcoming kindergartners become able to:
US Dept. Of Education
Andrea DeBruin-Parecki|Kathryn Perkinson|Lance Ferderer
Source: U.S. Department of Education
At age 5, most kindergartners become able to:
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|What should your child know before Kindergarten?
Utah Office of Education: Preschool Standards
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude. Display a sense of curiosity. Practice personal responsibility for
learning. Demonstrate persistence in completing tasks. Apply prior knowledge and processes to construct
new knowledge. Voluntarily use a variety of resources to investigate topics of interest.
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility. Respect similarities and differences in others. Treat others
with kindness and fairness. Follow rules. Include others in learning and play activities. Function positively as
a member of a family, learning group, school, and community. Initiate and respond to social interactions with
peers and adults.
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional behaviors. Recognize own values, talents, and skills. Express self in
positive ways. Demonstrate behavior appropriate to the situation. Express feelings appropriately. Meet and
respect needs of self and others.
4. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene. Learn proper care of the body for health and fitness. Develop
knowledge that enhances participation in physical activities and healthy food choices. Display persistence in
learning motor skills and developing fitness. Use physical activity for self-expression.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills. Develop phonological and phonemic awareness. Develop
expressive and receptive vocabulary. Develop reasoning and sequencing skills. Demonstrate
problem-solving skills. Observe, sort, and classify objects. Make connections from content areas to
application in real life.
|Elements of an Effective Reading Program
From long-term studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health, it is known that an effective reading
program should include the following components.
|Enhanced Reading and
Language Arts Curriculum
A "balanced" approach can help all children learn to read
Decades of research shows us that there is no one best way to build students’ literacy skills. A balanced
approach to teaching reading combines a strong foundation in phonics with whole language methods. Only
through more than one kind of instruction can students gain the skills to recognize and manipulate the
sounds of letters and words and the skills to understand what they read. Since all children learn differently,
only a balanced approach to teaching reading can give all children the skills they need to read well.
|The surest way to help your child to become a competent reader is to read to
him during infancy and early childhood. It's that simple. The science has
continually backed that up for a hundred years.
Children begin to read individually as they are ready. It's counterproductive to
pressure or push to accelerate children. Instead each child progresses at his
or her own appropriate pace.
A good preschool reading program has also been shown to be beneficial to
developing reading skills. Children can develop language and
comprehension skills through activities that teach phonemic awareness,
sequencing, rhyming, classification, same/different, and opposites.