Read together every dayRead to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
Give everything a nameBuild your child's vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"
Say how much you enjoy readingTell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Read with fun in your voiceRead to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!
Know when to stopPut the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
Be interactiveDiscuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
Read it again and againGo ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time!
Talk about writing, tooMention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Point out print everywhereTalk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
Get your child evaluatedPlease be sure to see your child's pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child's language development, hearing, or sight.
Source: Reading Rockets, "Reading Tips for Parents of Kindergartners," PBS, www.readingrockets.org/article/7834.