Anne Broderius

This is the time of year when parents inquire about how they can best prepare their child for the start of kindergarten. The best advice I can give is to Read — Read — Read.

As a parent you can never read to a child too early in life (start when they are babies) or too often. The early years are so critical to a lifelong love for reading and are truly the foundation of success in school and in life. The main goal is to help your child become a happy and confident reader, so he or she will continue to learn and grow. Parents and caregivers play an important role in helping a child on the road to be a successful reader.

— Anne Broderius is principal of West Elementary School in Hutchinson. You, Your Kids & School is a twice-a-month column from School District 423.