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It is Never Too Late to Earn That Degree

When I was a teenager, my parents encouraged me to begin college directly after I graduated high school. However, I wanted to take a short one-year break from school. After landing a full-time waitressing job and earning pretty good money for a year, my motivation to continue my education vanished. After over a decade of waitressing, I began developing back pain, and I knew I needed to go back to college, but I was so afraid! I finally just "did it" and registered for classes at a local college. I forgot how much I loved learning! I am now a social worker and really love helping others. Since having a good education is such an important part of living a healthy, happy life, I decided to make a blog to share my educational tips. I hope I can help empower you to succeed in any educational endeavor you take!


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Pre-K Prep: 4 Ways To Prepare Your Child For Reading

Is your child starting pre-kindergarten programs next year? There is no better time than the present to help them understand the concept of reading and storytelling. Even though children will learn to read in elementary school, it is crucial to begin working on reading at a young age to keep them from struggling later on. The following are some ways you can jumpstart your child's reading competency:

Read With Your Child

Reading with your child may already be in your daily routine. Reading aloud has a variety of benefits that can help children understand the reading process. It can instill a love of stories and books at a very young age. Try to read at least two short books daily.

Ask Questions

While reading aloud to your child, be sure to ask questions about what is going on in the story. This can serve as a test to whether or not they understand comprehension. Ask about what is currently happening in the story and what they think will happen next. It also allows them to interact with you since they cannot yet read written words.

Let the Child Tell You a Story

Another thing you can do is have the child tell you a story in his or her own words. They can do this by looking at the pictures or from memory if it is a book they have read before. Keep in mind that they story the child tells may have nothing to do with the actual storyline. The key is to get their imaginations flowing, as this is essential to the learning process. They are also developing the skill to tell a story from beginning to end. This will demonstrate that they understand the concept of a story even without the ability to read words.

Teach Letters

While reading, your child should begin to recognize letters. If they have already learned their letters through singing the ABC song, the next step is to get them used to what letters look like. You can use your favorite books or make some simple flashcards.

Letter sounds are also important. Once your child has learned what letters look like, the next thing they should understand is the sound each letter makes. Have them repeat the sound the letter makes as they are identifying them.

These are some simple strategies that can make a world of difference for your child once they enter pre-kindergarten. Continue this once they enter school to supplement what they are learning. Consider asking the teacher what strategies are used in the classroom so that you can tailor your supplemental teaching in order to prevent any confusion.