Gearing Up for Kindergarten


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RED ~ Reading Every Day

Reading Every Day is an educational program that encourages parents to take 20 minutes out of each day and read to or with your child.

Reading Every Day is an educational program encouraging parents to read to their child every day. The benefits of reading 20 minutes a day really make an impact on the child's education. The mission of RED is to engage families and the child's' caregiver in this literacy development and inspire children to discover the pleasure of reading so that reading will create a lifelong habit. 

Raise a Reader

From birth to kindergarten, a child who is read to at least 20 minutes a day absorbs 600 hours of structured language. With these experiences the child will acquire the pre-literacy skills essential for learning to read. Not to mention the eagerness and interests your child will have to become good readers. 

Along with reading to your child for 20 minutes a day in the language & literacy stages, the math & reasoning and social & emotional stages will also help the development of your child's education.


0-1 ~ Learning from Birth to Age 1

~ Read to your child for 20 minutes a day, but maybe start off in 5 minute increments as their attention span is not as high being this young.

~ Talk as much as you can! Even though your child may not start off communicating back to you, by them just hearing words and different noises, their likely to engage to pleasant conversation


1-2 ~ Learning from Age 1 to Age 2

~ Count aloud with your child - use numbers in everyday routines (i.e., 2 eyes, 3 steps, 4 buttons, etc.) 

~ Give your child 1-step directions (i.e., "Please pick up your toys") This will not only give them responsibility, but understands they need to do something when mommy tells them to


2-3 ~ Learning from Age 2 to Age 3

~ Read your child's favorite book over and over again and gain and understanding of each character by asking "why" questions.

~ Give your child 2-step directions to follow (i.e., "Please push in your chair when you leave the dinner table and wash your hands")


3-4 ~ Learning from Age 3 to Age 4

~ Count with your child's objects up to 10 by touching each object one at a time. Have them use their hands to count to 10, showing the number on their hands will give a visual of the exact number their are reaching each time.

~ Encourage your child to put toys away and do other simple chores. 


4-5 ~ Learning from Age 4 to Age 5

~ Talk with your child and ask them questions, listen, repeat and comment on what your child has to say. Engaging in conversation will allow your child to express themselves and speak in complete sentences.

~ Do simple subtractions with your child. Using terms of "greater than, less than or equal to". This challenge them and prepare them for the next transition into kindergarten. 


Raise a reader every day and see the progress your child is making in each stage of their lives. For more information on Gearing Up for Kindergarten or RED contact us HERE  

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