By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
Question: How do children acquire reading-readiness skills? Like every other parent, I want my children to be ready to read when they enter kindergarten. — Eager
Answer: Reading readiness is total body readiness. It may seem that the skills required to grasp a toy or bounce a ball have nothing to do with reading, but fine motor skills allow a child to grasp and turn pages in books, and gross motor skills provide the hand-eye coordination necessary for reading.