10 Reading Tips to start the new year

Betty - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




Spend ten to twenty cozy content minutes every single day reading aloud.
Read as much non-fiction as fiction with your child. Pair books, a non-fiction dinosaur book with a fiction dinosaur book.
Read aloud with animation. Have fun, your child will be learning fluency just by listening to your voice.
Read for pleasure, showing your children the real enjoyments in reading …you are not just “getting reading done,” you are reading for happiness.
Visit your local library and let your child look at all kinds of books experimenting with different genres, series and interests to their hearts desire.
Entertain both you and your child by reading joke books or comics once a week in 2011.
For your older children make sure you give them a driver’s license examination booklet, local maps, bus schedules and high interest articles from newspapers.
Give your child a subscription to their own magazine. It becomes a great motivator to read each month.
Create a special reading nook in their bedroom. This can be as simple as a beanbag, a basket of books and an old afghan.
Once each week have a “mind candy” night. Think about your own reading habits, sometimes we all need a good old-fashioned page-turner. Let your child read that well loved book again.
Talk about the books with your child as you read. Your child can not be wrong about their opinions about what they are reading. Allow them the flexibility to communicate to you their true feelings about what they are reading, even if you don’t agree. This is a wonderful time to encourage their efforts in reading. As your child come to value reading your conversations will become richer. Soon they will be bringing books to you to read.

January’s short and cold days provide the perfect cozy time to instill love for reading in our children, which will result in lifelong enrichment for all. Open a book and read aloud; Reading books out loud will put a new spin on togetherness in 2011.


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Gemma - posted on 01/03/2011




This post has reminded me how little we read together and has given me that push to read more with my boy! Thanks for an inspiring post :)

Joni - posted on 01/03/2011




Thanks for reminding everyone how important reading is for our little ones. My 5 y/o daughter and I read together every night and she has a remarkable vocabulary. She is also really starting to understand cause/effect relationships. I'm a reader, so I love that she is too!!

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