Children love routine, and reading is something that you and your child can look forward to every day. By taking the time to read with your child, you show them that reading is important and fun to do.
Try to read with your child as often as possible. It’s the best thing you can do to help them learn at school! It also allows you to spend time together in an enjoyable way and to build a strong and healthy relationship.
How to make daily reading work for you both
- Start reading with your child when they’re very young.
- Set aside a special time each day when you can give your full attention to reading with your child.
- Choose a comfortable spot to read, where you can be close to your child. Make it your reading place! Set aside a special shelf in that area for your child’s books.
- Choose a variety of books.
- Vary the length of reading time according to your child’s age and interests. For young children, several short sessions (of 10 minutes each) may be better than one long session (of 30 minutes).
- Read slowly so that your child can form a mental picture of what is happening in the story.
- Praise your child for their ideas and participation!
- When you and your child are away from home, take along books, magazines, and books-on-tape for your child to read and listen to.
- The more you enjoy the reading experience, the more your child will enjoy it.
- Keep reading to your child even after he or she has learned to read. By reading stories that will interest your child but that are above his or her reading level, you can stretch your child’s understanding and keep alive the magic of shared reading.