10 Ways to
1. Read to your child. Start early and keep it up. Begin with picture books and nursery rhymes; then, when he or she is ready for longer pieces, choose chapter books. Snuggling together while exploring a favorite book will create a lifelong love of reading.
a wide variety of reading: fiction, informational books, magazines, short
stories, poems, picture books, puzzles, comics, how-to, etc. And make books and
magazines easily accessible. Place them within easy reach- in family rooms, by
the bed, in the car. Install a bed lamp in your child’s room. Make reading
an example. Have your child see you reading! Children imitate what they see
your child’s interests. Discover what topics your child likes and use books
and magazines to open that world to him or her. Kids like to explore.
and reflect. Talk before, during and after reading. Before: What do you think
this will be about? During: What’s going to happen next? After: Did anything
in this remind you of yourself?
your child time to read for pleasure. Too often, children’s time is filled
with lessons, play dates, sports practices and homework. All children need space
to read, write and think. The more children read, and enjoy what they are
reading, the more fluent readers they will become.
your child to read to you. He or she will be thrilled to do so. If the child is
too young to read the actual words, ask him or her to tell you the story.
You’ll be amazed how accurately a child can recite a favorite tales!
up for a library card. Schedule frequent trips to the library and participate in
library reading programs and author visits.
to a variety of children’s magazines. The great diversity of topics explored
by magazines allows your child to discover new interests and expand existing
ones. Plus, children love getting a magazine in the mail addressed to them.
Wonderful examples are Sesame Street, Sports Illustrated for Kids,
Geographic World, Cobblestone, Cricket,
and, of course, Highlights for Children!
10. Encourage your child to write. Good writers are good readers and vise versa. Encourage your child to keep a journal or to write plays, poetry, and stories. If your child is too young to write, have him or her dictate stories to you.
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