Spending a few minutes each day sharing a story furthers your child’s interest in reading. Not only will regular reading increase your child’s language comprehension and vocabulary, but there is a strong correlation between reading at home prior to school and later educational success. The added bonus? Reading with your child will be some of the most enjoyable and rewarding times you spend together
Be a Reading Model
- Your own words and actions will speak volumes.
- Children pay attention to everything. When your child sees you reading newspapers, magazines, and books, he or she will understand the importance of reading and will want to read, too.
- Reading to your child on a regular basis is by far the best way to encourage your budding reader.
Here are some tips to make the most of your reading time:
- Make reading a relaxed, fun activity
- Eliminate distractions such as television, music, and phones
- Establish a routine time and place for reading, when possible
- Invite your child to select books to read
- Before you begin a new book, engage your child’s imagination
- Read the book’s title and ask your child what the story might be about
- Allow your child to hold the book, see the illustrations, and turn the pages
- Pause periodically to ask questions about the text to help your child develop comprehension
- Read with expression. Alter your voice for characters and become animated during exciting parts
- Read the same books over and over again. Children love repetition, and they delight in being able to “read” along when a book becomes well known to them.
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