Let Me Read to You

 

 

 

 

Your child will want to try out reading to you, to other family members, or even to pets or stuffed animals—just like you read with them!

Let’s Go!

Let your child “pretend” to read to you or their pet, dolls or stuffed animals using their own words or phrases.

Do it Together!

Leave books where your child can reach them. Let them “read” their favourite books to whomever they want.

If they choose to bring a book to you, listen as they “read”. Help them tell you the story in their own words by asking questions about the characters or the pictures in the book.

Why?

When a child has heard a book read over and over, they know it so well that they feel like they can “read” it to others. They are often able to tell the story very closely to how it is actually written. This helps them feel like readers and makes them want to do it more.

To get over 125 of the best activities to do with your children to boost and build key literacy skills from birth to 5 years, download the Centre for Family Literacy’s FREE Flit app (Families Learning and Interacting Together).

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Jingle Dancer

Modern and traditional ways live side by side and this book shows how both have their places—talk about your family’s traditions and culture!

Let’s Go!

Share the book Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith with your child.

Do it Together!

Look at the pictures and read the story with your child.

Talk about what jingles are and how your child thinks they might help the dress “sing.”

Talk about your own family’s traditions—what are important moments for your family?

Why?

This book shows a wonderful mix of modern and traditional ways.

The information at the end of the book helps explain the importance of jingle dresses and dancing, as well as further information about other things mentioned in the book.

Talking about these with your child can lead to conversations about your own traditions. They will love to hear your own family stories.

Other Resources

  • My Kokum Called Today by Irish Loewen
  • Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain

To get over 125 of the best activities to do with your children to boost and build key literacy skills from birth to 5 years, download the Centre for Family Literacy’s FREE Flit app (Families Learning and Interacting Together).

Click here for the iOS version.

Click here to download the Android version.

Watch a video demo of the app