March 1, 2010

Reading Tips

3 Tips for Reading Aloud

From PBS 'Between the Lions' Show

Here are some suggestions for giving and getting the most out of a very special time -- read-aloud sessions with your child. Remember, it's never too early to start. Begin reading to your child as an infant. Even babies love to hear your voice and to look at colorful pictures.

1. Read to your child every day. If you can't, ask someone else to be your child's designated reader.
2. Try to find a regular time and a quiet, comfortable place for reading together.
3. Your child may want you to read the same story over and over again. After several retellings, ask your child to tell you the story.

3 Tips for Raising a Reader

Also From PBS 'Between the Lions' Show

How do you raise a child to be an enthusiastic and consistent reader? Here are some ideas to help motivate a child to read.

* Let your child see you reading, whether it's the newspaper, a magazine, or the latest bestseller.
* Set up an area in your home where a variety of reading materials are within easy reach. Encourage writing by including paper, crayons, pens and pencils.
* Carry books to read to your child wherever you go - at the doctor's office, in line at the store, or on a long car ride. (You can also listen to stories on tape.)

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