4’s Skills Heritage Learning Center Skill Sheet Understands left to right progression Understanding that print is read from left to right and top to bottom is a very important pre-reading skill. Children must also know that books are read from front to back. These are very basic ideas to those of us familiar with them; to a young child it is not so logical (remember, not all cultures do read in those directions!). It is very important to read often to your child. Sometimes as you share books, run your fingers under the words as you read them to show your child that reading goes from left to right, and then bring your finger back across the page to start another line. Make it clear that you are moving from top to bottom of the page and from the front to the back of the book. Other suggestions to reinforce this skill: Use a calendar with your child. Allow him/her to cross off one block each day, or put a sticker on it. Point out that the stickers are going across the page and from top to bottom. Make sure you always put your child’s name in the upper left hand corner of the page. When s/he writes it by him or herself, put a dot in that corner for the starting point. Arrange two rows of objects to be counted. Emphasize counting form left to right, and the top row first. Your child will be most familiar with books and the proper way to read them if you share books together every day. Reading together creates a special bond, too.