Notes on Parenting

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Reading With Your Kids



Research has found that children do better academcially and are overall more successful when their parents read aloud with them. Consider the following quote:

"Your kid could read a thousand books, but the ones they read with you... Give them the best chance at success. Read with your child." - Tiki Barber, Today Correspondent, NBC Sports

In addition to the added academic benefits, reading with your child also helps develop the family support that is so crucial in helping children achieve greatness.

Here are some tips of things you can do to help foster reading skills in your home:

  • Set aside time: Try to read to your child everyday for 30 minutes. At first, read for only a few minutes at a time for several times a day, then gradually increase reading sessions as your child grows older.
  • Make it visual: Point to words as you read them in order to familiarize your child with what different words look like.
  • Be enthusiastic: Read various kinds of stories to your child, using different voices and changing your intonation in order to make the story more exciting. Singing the lyrics is also a good way to keep the attention of infants and toddlers.
  • Repeat: Read your child's favorite stories over and over again.
  • Keep a collection: Make sure your home has plenty of reading materials that are age-appropriate for your child. Keep a collection of books, magazines and newspapers available in the house.
  • Involve your child: Talk to your child about what you are reading; point out objects in pictures and talk about what is going on in the story. When your child gets old enough, ask questions as to what is going to happen next, what objects are in the pictures, and point out new words. Remember not to stop so often that your child forgets what is going on in the story.
  • Set a good example: Show your children that reading is important to you as well. Read books yourself and ask your child to join you.
  • Visit the library: Take trips to the library with your child and let them pick out a book for story time.
  • Read everything: Reading is not just limited to books. Read street signs, cereal boxes, letters - anything you and your child see throughout the day.

These ideas come from an article entitled, "Reading" found at http://www.themoreyouknow.com/Reading_With_Your_Kids/

Here are just a few suggestions. What other ideas do you all have? What do you do with your children to help develop reading skills?

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