Tips for Parents to Help Reading in Kindergarten

Reading Help for Kids in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is the beginning of recognizing that letters mean words. Depending on the school you go to expectations can be really relaxed or they may have reading milestones they expect your child to meet. Either way knowing what your child is expected to learn gives you an advantage when you want to help from home.

Here are four tips to help your child start reading in kindergarten

Tips for Parents to Help Reading in KindergartenSight Words

Sight words are words that don’t follow any phonetic rules. They are the most common words in the English Language. These words need to be memorized.

An example of sight words are a, at, an, and,can, do, for, go, has, have, he, here, in, I, is, it,like, look, me.

Both E.W. Dolch and Edward Fry have created lists of the most frequently used words in children’s texts. These lists are excellent resources for kindergarten parents to select vocabulary to practice with their child.


Phonics is the relationship between words and sounds. Learning phonics starts in kindergarten and picks up in Grade 1. Your child will be expected to learn the individual sounds of letters. Understand the difference in sound between vowels and consonants. They will also learn ending blends. Ending blends are -at, -ig, -og, -an, -it. Adding m makes mat or man. Adding f makes fat or fit.

Asking your child’s teacher what phonics they need to learn gives you an opportunity to practice these words at home.

Using Pictures with Words

Pictures are a great way to help your child understand the spoken and written words. Show a picture of a dog with the spelling of dog and your child will make the connection between the two. Putting pictures and words together is a good starting point to memorize what words mean and understand the connection between sound and letter.

Repetitive Reading

At this early stage reading the same story or same words over and over helps reading.

Your child will absorb information differently each time they read. With the first reading they may be just understanding and sounding our words.

Following readings will see your child put words together to understand their meaning. Once they are familiar with words and sentences they will be able to remember the story and use the words they have learned to recognize in telling it.

Using these these reading strategies will help your child meet the standards for reading for Kindergarten and begin to set a foundation for life long learning.

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