Many kids, especially those with reading difficulties, are
captivated by television and video games rather than books. The
sooner parents instill the value of reading, the better. Here are
five ways to make home a garden bed where readers blossom:
Make time for reading aloud. Children who love reading have
parents who love reading to them. Schedule a read-aloud time daily
and let nothing short of a natural disaster interfere.
Understand readability levels. When children regularly encounter
books where they recognize at least 95 percent of the words, they
will associate reading with pleasure.
Create pastimes that encourage reading. Introduce young ones to
the book fairy. This fairy exchanges books for teeth. Find out if
your next family movie rental is based on a book. If so, read it
together first. Most importantly, plan regular trips to the local
Nurture inner authors. Children are eager to read and reread
anything they've written. Every home library should include a shelf
with notebooks and journals filled with their stories and
Be a reader. Are you a reader? Children imitate what they see us
do. If the value of reading is going to stick, we must find time
for it ourselves.
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