Between kindergarten and the end of second grade, your child is in an important and exciting period for learning to read. And while there’s no rush to read independently in kindergarten, by the time your child is heading off to third grade, they’ll begin to go from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”
So these are the years to build the fundamentals. In school, they should be getting explicit instruction in phonics, which means they’ll be learning how to connect letters to sounds and then put sounds together to make words. They should also have lots of opportunities to listen to high-quality books read aloud, read books of their choosing at their current reading level, and read in the context of learning other content, too (such as texts for social studies or science lessons). At home, you can support their learning by making reading a regular, everyday part of your lives. Learn more about what parents need to know about reading instruction.