Want your kids to read more? Try "slow reading." The concept,
promoted by Thomas Newkirk, professor of English at the University
of New Hampshire, suggests that students get more enjoyment out of
and have greater success with reading when they slow down.
Here are Newkirk's strategies for slowing down and savoring the
written word with your child.
Memorize. Memorization is often called "knowing by heart" and
for good reason. Memorizing enables us to possess text in a special
Read aloud. Even older kids can appreciate a human voice
animating the words on a page.
Read poetry. Poems demand a slower pace and usually several
readings-and are best when read aloud.
Savor passages. Kids know something adults often forget-the deep
pleasure of repetition, of rereading, or of having parents reread,
until the words seem to be part of them.
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
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