Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Reading Tips

Today I was reading the classic storybook The Little Engine That Could. Inside the front cover of my edition was a nice little letter to parents on "General Tips for Sharing Books With Your Child" by Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.

I just thought they were good reminders. And for those of you who don't have these tips at your fingertips... :0) Here they are:

Read with your child at least 15 minutes every day.

Pick a quiet place. Turn off the TV or radio

Sit close together so your child can see the pictures while you read.

Use your voice to keep your child's attention. Be playful with sounds; use different voices for different characters, exaggerate rhyming words.

Follow your child's lead. Let your child turn the pages. Talk about the pictures he or she points to. Stop when your child is ready to stop.

Re-read a book as often as your child wants. Repetition helps promote language skills and reading readiness. *

Have fun together.

*ROCKET use to love The Foot Book. I still have that book memorized and it's probably been at least 8 years since I last read it. EVERY NIGHT- for weeks on end we would read that book. But- "it's a good thing" as Martha would say.

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