PHONICS AND COMPREHENSION

In kindergarten, children bring what they know about the world and books to begin the serious (and hard!) work of learning to read. You will keep working with your child at home while they begin to understand phonics (breaking apart words into sounds) and understanding what the words mean when they are put together.

Reading is not a natural skill, it must be taught and is harder for some children than others. If you sense your child is struggling to read or gets upset with reading activities, ask for help from your child’s teacher, a school reading specialist, or the Library. 

The Library’s Ready to Read team can teach you research-based reading instruction techniques so you can help your child become a strong reader. To schedule a free individual or group training session, please complete this easy form or call 419.259.5253. 

Play word games (helps with decoding):

  • Think of words that start/end with specific sounds.
  • Take turns changing sounds/letters. (cat, mat, map, tap) How long can you make your word chain?
  • Sound out simple nonsense words.

Make the letter sounds as you write letters together (helps with decoding):

  • “M” says mmm. Trace the letter in a shallow dish of sand, sugar, or flour, making the letter sounds.

Develop action cues to remember sounds (helps with decoding):

  • Take an imaginary apple bite to remember “a” for “apple.” 
  • Point up to remember the “u” sound in “up.” 

Spell simple words with the letter tiles or shapes:

Touch each letter as you make the letter sound, then blend them together. What new words can you make by changing the beginning, middle, or end sounds? 

Learning letter sounds by writing:

Writing letters to family members, silly stories, or a daily journal will help your child better understand how letter sounds form words. 

Make reading fun:

  • Pick books that interest your child; let them choose what you read.
  • Read in a pillow fort, by flashlight, or at a park.
  • Read to your pet.
  • Follow their lead; don’t make reading a chore.

All reading counts:

  • Try audiobooks, comic books, television captions, Wonderbooks, or Bookflix.
  • Kids who are learning to read need lots of books. Visit the Library often. We are fine-free!
  • Read while waiting at the doctor’s office or when in store lines.

 
Learning something new is hard:

  • Sit beside your child as they read. They will know you are on their side!
  • It’s ok to take breaks.
  • Use positive language: Instead of saying “This is too hard,” coach your child to say, “I’m still learning.”

Make sure your child is ready for kindergarten:

Print this checklist of health and safety needs for your kindergartener. From knowing their first and last name, to being able to take their own coat on and off, make sure your child is ready for this big step into school.

Individual training: The Library’s Ready to Read team can teach you research-based reading instruction techniques so you can help your child become a strong reader. You will get a free kit with books and literacy materials.

Call 419.259.5253 for help.

Storytimes: Kindergarteners can still enjoy Storytimes and are a great way to show reading is fun! Choose from a variety of age groups and locations. View storytimes

Get a free Library card! Make sure you have lots of books for reading to and with your child. Your Library card allows you to check out unlimited books and we don’t charge fees if you return your books late. Get a card today.

Let us get a stack of books for you. Are you too busy or overwhelmed to come find books to read to and with your child? Tell us what topic you’d like and we’ll get a stack that you can pick up at your preferred location. Request books to read to your child. 

Come play at the Library. All of our locations have play spaces just for children, including a huge children’s space at Main Library. These spaces are also a great place for you to get support from our librarians while meeting other parents and caregivers. Plan a trip today.

Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Th) April 25 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(W) May 8 | 1 — 2 p.m. | Washington

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Th) May 9 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Sanger

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Tu) May 14 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Tu) May 21 | 6 — 7 p.m. | King Road

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(Th) May 23 | noon — 1 p.m. | Online Programs

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Tu) June 4 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Mott

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(Th) June 13 | 2 — 3 p.m. | West Toledo

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) June 17 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Waterville

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(F) June 21 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Waterville

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) June 24 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Heatherdowns

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Tu) June 25 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Kent

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(W) July 3 | noon — 1 p.m. | Online Programs

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) July 8 | 1 — 2 p.m. | Sylvania

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(W) July 10 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Holland

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Th) July 11 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Birmingham

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(W) July 17 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Helping your K-3 Reader

(W) July 17 | 1 — 2 p.m. | Sanger

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

Register

Countdown to Kindergarten

(Th) July 18 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Oregon

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Th) August 1 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Sanger

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) August 5 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Locke

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

Register

Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Tu) August 6 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Helping your K-3 Reader

(F) August 16 | noon — 1 p.m. | Online Programs

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

Register