Based on my 35 years of teaching, the best piece of advice I can give you to ensure your child's success in school is to foster his love of reading! Read aloud often to your child and offer him plentiful authentic texts to choose from for reading independently. Of course, there is a time and a place for you to demonstrate reading strategies, think aloud to let them "hear" what you do when you come to a tricky part, discuss features of text to support greater comprehension, make connections, and the like, but there is NOTHING more important you can do than to promote the love of reading.
You and I...we like to spend time doing things that we enjoy, right? And (if possible), we prefer to avoid things that are unpleasant, difficult, or boring. Whether learning to play mahjong or the violin, become more skilled at computer programming or rock climbing , we get better the more we practice. The same principle applies to your child and reading.
You can promote joyful reading and foster reading proficiency on the home front through sharing great books. It is truly that simple (besides, there is plenty of research data to back up this claim). So, read aloud to your child, read with them, listen to them read, and permit them to have quiet time for reading on their own. Increase the reading experiences your child has with authentic texts on a daily basis and ignite a passion for reading! The more your child experiences the joys of reading aloud and the more time he has to select texts of his choice and read them, the more he will want to read and the better he will get at making sense of print.
This I know for sure!
p.s. My monthly column, From the Book Shelf, spotlights two books guaranteed to delight readers and provide fun activities to further extend the meaning of each reading experience. Have fun reading and learning together!