The Hanen Centre I'm Ready! How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Success
I’m Ready! is the Hanen Centre's new guidebook, designed to help parents like you build your child’s language and literacy skills through fun, everyday activities. At the Hanen Centre, we are known internationally for our early-intervention resource in the area of children’s speech and language development.
Reading is meant to be fun and this book shows parents how to foster a love of reading from a young age!
This book is an easy to read introduction to successfully getting your child ready to start reading. It takes you step by step through 6 key elements of literacy; early literacy, conversation, vocabulary, story comprehension, print knowledge and sound awareness.
Our family is always reading and consequently our child has been immersed in books since she was born so I feel we had already covered the first 2 steps thoroughly however I found the later chapters very insightful into how to go further than just reading and discussing books with my daughter and actually teach her how language works and how reading/word formation occurs.
The try it out sections at the end of each chapter made a good 'school' lesson for that day and our daughter really took it in and has been talking about and applying it throughout her day.
I am now confident that reading won't be too far behind.
I volunteered to review this book as I have a 5 year old who is desperate to read but absolutely hates the readers we bring home from school. I also have an 8 year old who reads very confidently, so to some degree I have been a little lazy with #2 as my oldest got there largely through her own interest in reading.
This book was very helpful. For people who read several books a day to their children it had a lot of information that was obvious, but there was enough in it for those at a more advanced level to still make it worthwhile. The tips like find something fun about the book, don't focus on the words but the story, find letters and words when you're out and about, are all things I had (largely) forgotten. Instead of focusing on the readers, I pulled out all of our Dr Seuss books and DD2 and I now read them together, enjoying the crazy rhymes. We read menus in cafes together and she writes out the shopping list for me.
The best lesson from this book was to remind me that learning to read doesn't need to be a chore. I now look forward to our reading sessions together, as does DD2.
I was very excited to be sent this book to use with my 3.5 year old daughter. She is very curious about reading, writing and letters but being a first time parent I had no idea what I 'should' be working on, and how to work on these things! My daughter was also very excited when I told her what the book was about, she said 'Read it mummy I want to know how to read!'
Unfortunately it wasn't as easy as just reading the book and being able to teach my daughter how to read, but I do think this book helped me improve her language skills. It gave me different ideas about how to incorporate learning into everyday activities. And previously I had always tried to 'dumb' my language down to a 3 year old level, but this book helped me realise that is definitely not the way to go about it. Now I have started using bigger words more often, I can tell it is helping her. Just today she was trying to do a puzzle and couldn't get it, when she did get it, she said 'Mummy it wasn't working so I realised I had to do it differently and now all the puzzles fit together excellently' - some big words there for a 3 year old!
Even though this book didn't exactly help my daughter learn to read, I do believe it helped give me the right ideas to work on in the future, which may help when she is closer to 5. I will keep it close to use as she gets ready to start school.
I found the checklists and mini activities in the book great, and it was very easy to read and bright and interesting.
I found "I'm Ready, How to prepare your child for reading success" a wonderful tool in giving me some basic practical tips to introduce literacy to my 3 and 4 yr old children. The Try it out pages at the end of each chapter were particularly helpful and I enjoyed working through them with my children each evening so that we could get the most out of our bedtime stories. I loved the list of recommended children's books at the back of the guide as well. Many of our favourite books were already on the list along with a heap that we hadn't discovered yet. We now have a list of books we plan on ordering online and it's great to see my kids so excited over books and reading.