What style is best when reading to your preschooler?

Learning to read EnglishDo you want to help your child learn how to read? Use a print referencing style when reading aloud to your child.

According to research, young children spend less than 6% of read aloud time looking at print unless an adult deliberately highlights print for them (Williams & Pursoo, 2008). According to Justice et al., 2008, “When preschool age children are reading with a print referencing style every day for 10 minutes they may fixate on print 20,000 times more often than children who are read to in a way that does not draw attention to print.”  I found this fact amazing! 20,000 is very significant!

To learn more about how to use print referencing with your child, read my ebook here.


Justice, L. M., A. S. Mcginty, S. B. Piasta, J. N. Kaderavek, and X. Fan. “Print-Focused Read-Alouds in Preschool Classrooms: Intervention Effectiveness and Moderators of Child Outcomes.” Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 41.4 (2010): 504-20. Web.

Zucker, Tricia A., Allison E. Ward, and Laura M. Justice. “Print Referencing During Read-Alouds: A Technique for Increasing Emergent Readers’ Print Knowledge.” The Reading Teacher 63.1 (2009): 62-72. Web. <http://ici-bostonready-pd-2009-2010.wikispaces.umb.edu/file/view/Print+Referencing+During+Read+Alouds.pdf>.







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