First 5 Years

Ready Set Kindergarten English Talking

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

You are your child’s first teacher.  Talking to your child (and listening) will help her develop the skills that she needs to read and learn.

Download our talking tipsheet:
Talking Tipsheet (.pdf)

Talk with your child and get ready to read!

Talk TogetherTalk Together!

  • Talking with your child will help get him get ready to read.
  • Talk with your child in the language you know best.
  • Talk to your child even if she isn’t talking yet.
  • Give your child plenty of time talk with you, and listen to what he says.

Talk at home

  • Ask your child questions that have more than a yes or no answer.
  • Try questions like, “What did you do at the park today?”
  • Give your child a toy phone to play with. Make pretend phone calls to each other.
  • Tell your child stories about what you liked to do as a child.

Talk on the go!Talk on the go!

  • Talk together about what you see when you go for a walk.
  • Add more words to what your child says.
  • If your child says “fire truck,” you can say, “Yes, that’s a red fire truck.”
  • Go to new places to help your child learn new words.

Talk About Books

  • Act out one of your child’s favorite stories.
  • Check out books from the library about things your child likes ( such as trucks, animals).
  • Talk about the pictures in the books you read together.

Puppet PlayPuppet Play

  • Playing with puppets is a great way to get your child to talk.
  • You can buy puppets or make one out of a sock.
  • Encourage your child to talk with the puppet and make the puppet talk.